Are you a Decisive and Confident Leader?

I’m reading a book called American Generalship about WW II leaders. Many of the leaders interviewed cite that a list of characteristics of leadership must include a certain decisiveness and a certain confidence.

They state that in most cases decisiveness and confidence come from knowledge based on studies and training. Examples include General MacArthur and General Patton. One general believed that their broad knowledge of the military profession contributed greatly to their boldness in decision and their success as leaders.

Are decisiveness and confidence just as important for leaders outside the military? Where have you seen these characteristics displayed in good leaders? Where have you seen leaders struggle due to a lack of these characteristics?

I believe leaders need to develop these characteristics to be successful regardless of where and who they are leading. I know I always felt more decisive and more confident when I had studied and put in the time to learn about the organization I was leading and the mission we performed.

Are you constantly learning and developing your mind? Can you then apply this knowledge as you go along in your career? Knowledge leads to confidence which leads to decisiveness. When you get to that point you become more competent as a leader.

How would you rate yourself in decisiveness and confidence? What other characteristics would you add to the list?

Why Not You?

Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson talked of his dad asking him the question, “Why not you?”

Do you ever ask yourself this question? When you have doubts about yourself and don’t believe you can do something, do you ask, “why not me?”

Our minds are powerful. We develop self-limiting beliefs that constantly tell us that we are not good enough, not smart enough, not attractive enough. We begin to believe this self-talk and consequently don’t even try to do things because we believe we can’t.

Could asking yourself the simple question, “why not me?” help you break free from you self-limiting beliefs? It could be a start to understanding some of the false beliefs that all of us carry around in our minds. It may not help you become a Super Bowl quarterback but it can help you get out of your comfort zone and try things you have been afraid to do.

How many dreams have been squashed by these type of beliefs?  Where would Russell Wilson be if he had listened to all those experts who told him he was too short to play quarterback in the NFL? Are you listening to your doubters?

The next time someone tells you that you are not good enough or you tell yourself that you can’t do something, ask yourself the question. Then step out of your comfort zone. Don’t let these self-limiting beliefs keep you from reaching your dreams.