Leaders Can't Afford Self Doubt

by Richard Brody
One is dramatically weakened when dwelling more on the possibilities of not achieving than thinking about achieving. While it can be limiting on a personal level, it is dramatically more disastrous when someone in leadership adopts this type of negative mindset.
Henry Ford is often credited with saying that one can think he can, or he can  think he can't, and either way, he'll be correct. The first self- help seminar I  ever attended sticks out in mind still, almost forty years later, because the  presenter gave out a large medallion, with numerous motivational- type sayings.  The center of this medallion read, "As I think I am." Each of us is dramatically  weakened when we dwell more on the possibilities of not achieving than thinking  about achieving. As limiting as this is on a personal level, it is dramatically  more disastrous when someone in leadership adopts this type of negative mindset.  Perhaps the single most essential need for effective leadership is to possess  meaningful positive attitudes, which brings about a can- do approach. William  Shakespeare wrote, "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft  might win, by fearing to attempt."

Great leaders get involved in leadership because they believe they can and  will make a difference. They often feel that their organization needs them,  because of their abilities, etc. It is precisely that positive approach that  creates the most successful leadership model. After more than three decades of  identifying, qualifying, training and consulting to well over a thousand  individuals on a leadership track, I have come to realize how very nuanced true  and effective leadership really is. There are so many variables involved, some  under a leader's control, and some that may be far less so. However, I am  convinced that, in order for someone to even potentially approach true and  effective leadership status, he must begin with this positive attitude. Great  leaders can never afford self- doubt!
When one doubts himself, he often spends more time procrastinating and  avoiding taking action, than he does planning and doing what's necessary to  achieve. True leaders must first be measured by the value of their essential  vision and their motivations related to that vision. The true measure of a  leader is what he does next! Does he just talk about it, and hope others take  action? Is he only a leadership posturer, that is, someone who says all the  right things, but is more rhetoric than resiliency? How does he react when there  is some resistance from others, which there almost always will eventually occur?  How much does he believe in what he is saying? Does he live what he says, or  does he simply talk the talk, without walking the walk? Does the leader believe  in the value of his vision, and does he have the courage of his convictions? How  confident is he in his own judgement and assessment of the needs of his  organization?

Obviously, leaders can ill afford to doubt themselves. There is a big  difference, however, between confidence and egotism, and this confidence must  come from a combination of expertise, judgement, knowledge and  conviction!
With over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and  operations experience, Richard Brody has trained sales and marketing people in  numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as company  spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs. He's negotiated,  arranged and organized hundreds of events.

Richard's owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as  well as a consultant. His company Website is http://www.plan2lead.net, and he can be followed on Twitter  @rgbrody. For great information on many topics, visit PLAN2LEAD's Facebook page  and LIKE ( http://www.facebook.com/Plan2lead )

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