Tag Archives: Confidence

On Being an Encourager

George M. Adams wrote: “There are high spots in all our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement of someone else.” His words speak to the joyous power of encouragement. Encouragement is that magical gift that great … Continue reading

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On an Abundance Mindset

Joe Vitale reminds great leaders of the unending giving of an abundance mindset: “Your perception creates your reality. You can look at life and see scarcity or abundance. It depends on your mindset.” An abundance mindset finds its roots in … Continue reading

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On the Power of Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge is the magnificent cornerstone of leadership. Alfred Lord Tennyson writes: “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead to sovereign power.” Self-knowledge is the primal source that shapes the great leaders’ lives. It gives them access to their confidence, perspectives … Continue reading

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On the Power of Optimism

In their book, The Truth About Leadership, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner suggest that forward-looking ranks second only to honesty as the most admired characteristic of great leaders. They write: “The capacity to imagine and articulate exciting future possibilities is the defining competence of leaders.” It is they who … Continue reading

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The Keys of Confidence: Talent or Effort?

In their book, The Confidence Code, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman share with great leaders their thoughts on the critical difference between talent and effort. They write:  “Making a distinction between talent and effort is critical. If we believe that somehow we’re given … Continue reading

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Seeing Things as We Are

“Our life is what our thoughts make it” wrote Marcus Aurelius. These are deeply profound words that give great leaders a moment of pause and reflection on those things that they treasure and value most. Sometimes it is the simplest … Continue reading

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On the Learning from the Critic’s Voice

John Wooden said: “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” Great leaders recognize the value of criticism. It provides them feedback on their words, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs – … Continue reading

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Today is a Brand-New Day and It’s Yours

The glass is not half-full, it is overflowing in every moment in the lives of great leaders. John Baldoni, in his Forbes article, Zig Ziglar: Encouraging Others to Believe in Themselves, writes: “The success of Ziglar perhaps is not so much in … Continue reading

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The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

In her recent Harvard Business Review article, The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World, Sunnie Giles shares her thoughts on what makes highly effective leaders. Her finding are based on her initial research of 195 leaders in 15 countries … Continue reading

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Beliefs Embraced by Great Leaders

Bob Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, writing in the HBR Blog in May 2010, 12 Things Good Bosses Believe,  and in his book Good Boss, Bad Boss, defines in what he describes as an “evidence based approach” the … Continue reading

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