As leaders, we can find ourselves doubt our decisions, actions and/or thoughts. You’ll also find your employees will experience self-doubt, and it’s up to you as their leader to help them overcome and manage this.
Self-doubt is something most of us have struggled with or will struggle with at some point. It creeps in from time to time and knocks your confidence out of the park – both personally and professionally.
The good news is that there are powerful tools and practices available to help us overcome not only our own self-doubt but also to help others overcome self-doubt.
Stop overthinking your decisions
When you do, your head gets in the way. Lead with your heart and trust your decision, if you question your choices based on other peoples opinion, fear of failure or concerned you’ve made an unpopular decision, you’ll fail to lead with authenticity. Trust yourself.
Self-doubt tends to creep in when you procrastinate or wait on a situation. For example, maybe you wanted to contribute a new idea at work but got scared and chose not to. Instead, you’re going to want to act on your urges and take action quickly.
Acknowledge that there’s enough room for everyone, because there is, and amazing things can happen when you accept this! Don’t get stuck in the comparison trap.
A certain level of self-doubt is good because it indicates that you understand what you need to improve in order to do a better job. Just make sure you don’t allow it to take over.
Written by Sahar Habib