Don’t Beat Yourself Up


“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

–Malcolm Forbes

Man, if I could just think quicker on my feet; If I could only be a better speaker; You know, if I could just have that commanding presence; then I might be a better leader.

Does any of that sound like some thoughts you might have had at one time or another?

Humility is a good quality to have as a leader. It helps us understand that we don’t “know it all” and that we need the people that we lead. However, an unhealthy level of humility can really take away from the effectiveness of a leader. All too often we put too much stock in the attributes that we don’t have and that can rob us of the confidence that we really need to lead people. It is very important to understand our shortcomings and recognize the areas that need work but it is equally as important to recognize and understand our strengths. We all have strengths and weaknesses no matter where we are in our development as a leader. That’s just human nature.

Sure you have some areas to work on and there are some attributes that you don’t have at this time. But, there are likely more areas that you are very strong in and some attributes that are very prominent in you. Recognize and appreciate those areas and attributes of strength. It’s perfectly ok to accept where you are today while working on tomorrow. If you don’t have confidence in your strengths how can you expect others to have confidence in you. Besides, if you’ve been giving the right attention to your team, they will forgive an occasional mistake and be there to back you up.

So, cheer up, stand tall, and lead with confidence. Your team needs and deserves a confident leader. You can be that leader for them so go for it.


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