Confidence is the key ingredient in optimising performance, alongside skill and will. To engender step-change and achieve real success, risks need to be taken. But without confidence no one would dare try.
Confidence breeds greater efficiencies. There is more independent thinking, with less need for reassurance. Decision making becomes quicker and more decisive.
Building confidence should also lead to greater diversity. Across virtually every industry there is a disproportionately small number of female and BAME employees in senior management positions. There’s no evidence to suggest this is down to a lack of skill or will, but lower confidence may be a contributing factor. It’s critical that initiatives to drive confidence go hand-in-hand with these development programmes.
Confidence is attractive and inspiring. Confident leaders will inspire greater motivation and a more engaged workforce.