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Women in Leadership – How to Become More Confident at Work

For women in leadership, confidence at work is one of the most important skills that we can cultivate to get ahead in our careers. But it’s also an elusive skill, and many of us feel as though we are lacking when it comes to skills, experience and the overall credentials needed to be heard and respected in our roles.

So how can you develop this vital ‘confidence trick’ and stop assuming that everyone else around you has something more to offer? And how can you avoid self-doubt and feeling you don’t deserve the success you’ve achieved?

Here are some tips for women in leadership roles for reframing the way you see yourself at work – and the way that you think about confidence as a trait.

Nurture self-belief

Read your own CV to remind yourself what makes you great. Speak to a friend or trusted colleague to get their take on your strengths. Practice affirmations.

The trick for women in leadership is to start playing positive messages in your head and to use active, affirmative language that reminds you why you are in your role. Negative self-talk will only pull you down, so be very careful with the language that you use, even in your own head.

When all else fails, look at your colleagues. Are they perfect? No. Are they better than you? Unlikely. Value yourself in the way that you value your colleagues and team members.

Work on yourself

If you’re feeling uncertain about your value and your skills, then it’s time to up the ante by working on yourself.

All too often we feel a lack of confidence because we are unsure of a certain topic, activity or skill. So take this out of the equation by tackling your development areas head-on.

Once you begin working on your weaker areas, your confidence will grow naturally.

Just act ‘as if’

The ‘fake it til you make it’ mantra has been around for years, but there is worth in this seemingly inauthentic advice!

When we begin to act ‘as if’, our mind follows suit. In the way that negative self-talk makes us doubt ourselves, a positive and can-do attitude will work on a subconscious level to remind ourselves that we CAN do this.

This creates a positive feedback loop – allowing women in leadership to build on each small success until we create a snowball effect of positivity.

Get a specialist women in leadership coach!

A specialist women in leadership coach can work with you on an individual, confidential basis to understand any blockers which are holding you back at work, and then to implement strategies that will allow you to overcome them.

A specialist coach will ideally be fully qualified, experienced, and actually have gone through the types of situations you are facing. She will act as your very own mentor and cheerleader and remind you of exactly why you are in your current role – and why you deserve to achieve all of your goals!

A specialist women in leadership coach could be your finest investment in your career and in your life as a whole, who will help you develop an unshakeable confidence and to progress you towards your goals.

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Women in Leadership

I am an experienced, highly qualified, specialist women in leadership coach having personally overcome many challenges women face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming women in leadership. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, I am ideally placed to coach and develop your leadership skills and help you deal with any feelings of self doubt.

If you’ve lost your spark or feel that you need to gain it, you are an aspiring leader of the future, or an organisation looking to prepare your employees for roles in leadership, then please contact me because I can help you achieve your goals.

The first step on your path to success starts with a free, confidential, 30-minute consultation with me, so don’t delay and book today.

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