Confidence is absolutely necessary to be a successful leader. And yet,
One way to balance this is long term versus short term confidence.
Long Term: “I am confident in . . .
. . . the importance of our mission and the impact we make.”
. . . the talents of our team.”
. . . the value of working hard together on the mission.”
Short Term: “We have a challenge/opportunity here . . .
. . . I have a few ideas, but no obvious answers”
. . . I want to hear your ideas.”
. . . if we work together we can create the best next steps.”
As leaders, we need to give up the old-fashioned, heroic notion that we need to have all of the answers. We need to be open-minded about the best direction to take in the short term while being ever confident in the long term.
Arrogance can be a huge leadership derailer. Once we think we are invulnerable, we are a step away from being proven wrong. Try backing off the temptation to be the Hero Leader and invite your team to be partners in forging the path ahead. It could provide a significant improvement for your Mission Impact.