Great leaders have the ability create a sense of self-belief in their followers. Teams that achieve the seemingly impossible, Lance Armstrong’s return from critical illness to win the Tour de France 7 times for example, all have one thing in common – an unerring sense of self-belief.
Great leaders know and understand that this self-belief, this confidence to believe in something bigger and better must be earned. It is the leader’s job to help the team earn their self-belief.
Teams develop real confidence when they experience success and are able to attribute that success to the work they did. If they don’t feel they’ve done anything remarkable they will not believe they can achieve the impossible.
My approach it creating a sense of confidence and self-belief is:
- I look to hire the most talented people I can find that are also personally aligned with our values and vision
- I set big expectations for great achievements from the outset
- I always look to reward and celebrate successes
- I make the time to constantly remind the team of their true capabilities.
- I always push for a little more.
How do you instil the confidence to believe?