The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives.

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

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Confidence

The greatest projects and schemes die for no grander reasons than that we don’t dare. Indeed, research shows that having the right level of confidence makes us more likeable, productive, influential and ultimately successful. That’s why nearly half of all employers say they look for confidence when hiring.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Learn how to identify the right level of confidence for a given task

• Identify sources of confidence we can rely on and ways of coping with anxiety

• Learn how to overcome setbacks and remain confident when things get tough

• Explore how our personal histories may be unhelpfully determining the level of confidence we bring to tasks
 

Definition

Confidence is the skill of knowing one’s own abilities and being able to put them into practice.


What characterises mastery of this skill?

Employees with high levels of confidence are able to openly demonstrate their skills and celebrate their own successes or those of their team. They might talk to colleagues about past success stories and contradict those doubting their expertise. They speak up to negative “inner voices” that so often are the source of self-criticism holding us back from our potential. When it comes to new projects and challenges at work they have an optimistic and realistic awareness of what they are able to do and they are not afraid to pursue their goals.


What characterises a lack of this skill?

Employees with a lack of confidence are usually more likely to self-sabotage their own performance or even the performance of their team. They have a tendency to catastrophize the consequences of potential mistakes or personal failure. Because of their deep belief of not being good enough, they might find it hard to stick to deadlines, tend to procrastinate, focus on unimportant details and hesitate to deliver results. Publicly presenting their work might especially be difficult due to their fear of being unmasked as low performer.
 

Testimonials

"I learned about about self-sabotage and identifying personal barriers to my success"

"I'm more understanding of the fact that that confidence issues are shared by everyone, and that positive thoughts should be emphasised everyday"


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