October 2014 | Nano Tools | Leadership
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: G. Richard Shell, Thomas Gerrity Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management, The Wharton School; author of Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success (Portfolio/Penguin, 2013).
During challenging times, strengthen your confidence with a performance-enhancing ritual.
Confidence is the foundation of leadership. Without it, all other leadership skills, no matter how strong, can’t come together effectively. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? But, like motivation, confidence ebbs and flows. It can be threatened at any time, by situations and circumstances that may be anticipated or arise without warning.
By maintaining a set of reliable techniques that you can turn to, you can effectively renew and restore your self-confidence whenever and wherever you need to. These five rituals are used by leaders in Fortune 500 companies, elite athletes, and other highly successful individuals who know their performance depends on confidence.
When it comes to building confidence, do what works. Like rituals that boost motivation, not all of these techniques will resonate with every leader. Try a few, and develop the ones you like into a habit that can bolster your confidence during challenging times.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director. Nano Tools’ Academic Director is John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton Professor of Management, and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
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