How To Be A More Confident Manager

Managing is a tough job. There are superiors and subordinates who have huge expectations of you. It can sometimes feel like you are piggy in the middle.

One of the challenges managers often face is a lack of self confidence. What can you do to be a more confident manager?

    Don’t Put Unrealistic Expectations On Yourself

  • Of course you want to give your best. At the same time you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. By all means set the bar high and challenge yourself but don’t lose sight of reality.
  • Drop The Misconceptions About What Being Confident Is

  • Many people think being confident is all about being extroverted, cocky, bullish and being a know it all. It’s none of these things. Ultimately it is having the self belief and self awareness that you can achieve results.
  • Have A Decision And Action Bias

  • Taking decisions and actions builds momentum. It also gives you feedback which you can use to make adjustments. Procrastination by comparison simply keeps you stuck.
  • Start Small And Build

  • Whenever you try something new it is scary. All your doubts and fears show up. Starting small and achieving small successes can make a big difference.
  • Recognise You Are A Manager On Merit

  • It is unlikely that those appointing you had no other choice. They appointed you on merit because they believed that you were the best person with the most potential.
  • Cut Yourself Some Slack

  • You are a human being, not a human doing. Yes you will make mistakes. Yet in truth if you never make mistakes, you never learn and grow.

The Bottom Line: The reality is that there will be times when your confidence is high and other times when it will be low. When in the dip, make sure you tap into what made you successful in the past.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to become highly effective leaders and managers. He invites you to take advantage of his management e-course  at

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Laura says 5 March 2012

Confidence is hard to come by but this always helps me

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