Although it may be easier said than done, there are an array of reasons for you to lift your self confidence at work. Aside from the impact on your career and your professional future, confidence in the workplace has a lasting influence on all of your professional relationships – including those to come.
Employers Value Confidence in Their Employees
A 2014 survey of employers identified the top ten traits they seek in prospective employees, and among a strong work ethic, effective communication and organizational skills, they ranked confidence as a valuable trait for candidates to possess. It only makes sense – if you were to put yourself in an employer’s position and begin looking at prospective candidates, would you be more inclined to hire someone who displayed characteristics of self-doubt or self-confidence?
Confidence is a Precursor to Success
Confidence inspires creativity and courage. Low self-esteem means that you are less inclined to take risks when it comes to your career – and risk isn’t always a bad thing. If you remain complacent, you’ll never advance or accomplish your career or personal goals. Setbacks are inevitable, but the setbacks aren’t what matter. Manage your setbacks quickly and confidently with the understanding that they are unavoidable, and success will be just around the corner.
Confident People Make the Best Leaders
Take a moment to think about the characteristics of every great leader you’ve ever had the fortune of knowing. Leadership and self-doubt are mutually exclusive traits. You may never be secure in yourself as a leader, or even imagine yourself in a position of leadership, if you aren’t confident in yourself, your ideas and your abilities. In the workplace, confidence is an essential trait – especially if you’re trying to move up the ladder. People who naturally take the lead (whether it be on projects, in meetings, or something else of the sort), are generally perceived by peers and superiors alike as trustworthy individuals. Most employers, when considering members of their staff for higher paying positions that demand more responsibility, look to those who are proven natural leaders, and to those who they feel can confidently execute their visions or even oversee other employees.
You’ll Start to See That You’re Worthy of Respect – and So Will Others
“If you don’t respect yourself, no one else will.” The adage may be old, but it doesn’t make it any less true. When you lack assertiveness or don’t carry yourself with confidence, it’s an implicit indication to others that you don’t feel that you’re worthy of respect. If you’re not assertive or lack confidence in the workplace, you’re potentially at risk for being taking advantage of by peers and supervisors. On the other hand, decisiveness and self-confidence foster an air of self-respect, and send the explicit message that you won’t allow yourself to be exploited.
There’s a Direct Correlation between Confidence and Effective Communication
Aside from assertive individuals commanding more respect, they are also the most proficient communicators. Being assertive means being direct but respectful, and guarantees that there are no misunderstandings between parties. When you have a passive approach to communication, you risk confusion in all of your interactions with others. Don’t mince words in an attempt to avoid conflict – face it head on in order to promptly reach proper resolutions.