Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 56

is . Effective starts with belief in oneself and others.

Leaders have to be sure of themselves.  This doesn't mean that we have to presume to know everything, but it does mean that we have to have faith in our ability to handle any given situation.

That air of comfort and assurance is contagious, and confidence in oneself and others spurs confidence building throughout.  If there is one characteristic that needs to be in place to help build community and push collaboration, it is confidence, specifically confidence that the path being followed leads somewhere everyone wants to go.

We've all had situations arise where we lose confidence in ourselves.  Maybe it is due to the way we engaged in a conversation, or a reflection on a hiring that hasn't been what we planned, or simply wishing we had more resources for our students, staff, and parents.  But, being unsure of ourselves on the inside and exuding confidence on the outside are very different.

Leaders need to be comfortable showing an open poker hand.  But, that doesn't mean that all of our insecurities need to be put on the shoulders of others.  We can openly admit our shortcomings, but when it comes to initiatives and taking action, we still have to remain confident.  Leaders who aren't sure of themselves are sure to be leaders for only a short time.

Believe in yourself and believe in your team.  That confidence that what you are doing is necessary can be the first step to truly making positive change.

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