Your company may have started with nothing but you at your dining room table and a good idea.
Drive and determination to grow your business are easy when you’re a solopreneur, but adding employees to the mix can leave you questioning every decision you make. How do you move beyond those feelings of uncertainty, of doubt?
It’s actually easier than you think.
Some people may naturally have more confidence, but you’d be surprised how many ways you can train yourself toward being a more confident business leader. This list of tips is a great place to start…
1. Fake it ’til you make it
No one needs to know that you’re doubting yourself. In fact, most people will assume that you know what you’re doing, and are making conscious choices for things to happen a certain way. This is your company, after all. Act the part, pretend you are confident, and pretty soon you’ll notice that it’s not that much different from actually being confident.
2. Acknowledge good work when you see it
Praising your employees gives them a boost in both confidence and morale, which in turn leads to higher productivity, boosting your own confidence in the company.
3. Recognise your own good work, not just your employees’
You don’t need to send out company emails when a good decision you’ve made pays off, but do make sure you take the time to review your accomplishments on a regular basis.
4. Knowledge is power
Become a fountain of knowledge for your industry. Read, research, attend professional development seminars, learn and learn some more. The business world is not the venue to wing it. The more comprehensive your understanding of trends, the more confident you’ll be when you’re making decisions.
5. Comparison is the thief of joy
Whether it’s your neighbour on Facebook, one of your colleagues from business school, or the owner of a business in the same field as yours, everyone always appears to be in a better place than you. The truth is, though, that everyone’s path is different, and concentrating on your own will get you further along than focusing on others’.
6. Think positive
It may seem trite, but the power of positive thinking is surprisingly effective. Instead of focusing on all the things that might go wrong, plan for success. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be prepared for things to go sideways, but you shouldn’t just assume they will. Plan for the best outcome, be prepared for the worst.
7. Find your tribe
It’s easy to isolate yourself when you’ve only got a small team, or come from having no team at all. The fact is, though, that spending time with people in your industry, or just in the same place career-wise, can be a great confidence booster. Just ask any new parent who has joined a parenting group – being reminded that the challenges you’re experiencing are not exclusive to you can be incredibly empowering.
8. Look to leaders who inspire
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is take a page from someone else’s book. Literally. Read the books and blogs of thought leaders who are in the business of making you a better business person. Check out this list of essential business books for starters.