You may have noticed that there is always that one person at work that just screams confidence. Everything that they do – from giving presentations to writing the perfect memo – leaves a lasting impression. Have you ever wondered how they have so much confidence? Is it because of their continued successes at work? While their work performance may attribute to their can-do attitude and self-confidence in the workplace, it isn’t the driving force.
The truth is that they were confident from the beginning, and it led them to being successful at work. We have compiled some tips for you to help boost your confidence and be just as successful, if not more, at work.
Make sure you take the time to do a self-assessment and really examine your skillset. If you are honest about where you are in your career, and you can recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to grow your confidence. If you have a clear understanding of your strengths – and your challenges – you will be able to accept or shake off criticism or feedback with ease and that will make you appear more confident.
Don’t seek approval or praise
You may know someone who constantly seeks validation for their work – and they aren’t much of a team player. They would rather take all of the attention or praise for a project, instead of sharing it with others who may have been involved in the project. Those types of people in the work place probably turn you off, right? People who are confident at work don’t need to seek validation and they always have the right attitude. More than likely, a confident person who receives attention for getting the job done will shift the focus to all the people who helped get a project to the finish line.
Small victories matter
It doesn’t matter how big or small a victory is to a confident person in the workplace. They like challenges, even if it yields small victories. Any victory helps because it helps motivate them and it builds confidence.
Speak with confidence
You will never hear a person with confidence use phrases in the workplace such as, “uh,” “um,” “like,” or “I’m not sure.” Confident people will speak assertively at work and avoid using unnecessary vocal fillers. This gets people to listen more attentively.
Do not use aggression
There is a difference between being assertive and being aggressive. It is easy to try and be assertive, and come off as aggressive. It’s something that should be constantly worked on to avoid negative issues in the workplace. An assertive person is direct, clear and takes responsibility for only his or her actions. Aggression usually stems from a person who lacks confidence and whose bark is bigger than their bite. They don’t know how to lead, so they micro-manage or bark orders hoping to create smoke in the mirror. Never be intimidated by a office bully.
Strong relationship with the boss
If you have a weak relationship with your boss, it can hinder any project, no matter how confident you are at work. And it can be difficult to build confidence at work if your boss is constantly giving you negative feedback. Try to identify where your relationship went off track with your boss. Once you do that, and you work together to rebuild the relationship, your confidence will grow. If you can’t rebuild the relationship with your boss, it may be time to move on to something new.
Confidence at work means you’ll get the job done and you’ll get it done correctly and be rewarded appropriately. More importantly, that work confidence will flow into your personal life and help create a positive work/life balance that only gets better!