Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mature Confidence Can Take You Places

Posted by catrocker at 8:23 PM

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Balance is the norm of existence.Balance is the wisdom of the gods and norm for corporate success. analyse success and you will find there exists a set of core abilities that contribute to the overall success of professionals.
Each such ability embodies a spectrum at the extreme ends of which lie vectors of opposing values; one extremely positive, affirmative, and contributory to the individual's success and the other, extremely negative, discouraging and destructive to his well being. Success lies in one,s ability to manage the dictate balance between theses contradictory vectors and values of each of these abilities.
Confidence is one such very critical ability in professionals' success. it's an outcome of one's knowledge, skills, information and strength in any form. It assures an incumbent of his ability to fulfill the desired task. Manifestation of confident traits by a leader has an infectious effect on the belief of others have in the leader's ability to fulfill his role.
A very thin line demarcates the balance between the two diverse and opposing vectors of this element. For the uninitiated, lack of confidence, over confidence and destructive over confidence represents the varied aspects of this critical path. The ideal point at which professionals are coached to maintain their equilibrium is ate point of ' mature confidence'. The quintessence of this piece is to urge leaders- corporate or otherwise, to be mindful of this threshold beyond which their strength could become the source of their nemesis.
What makes talented performers, highly skilled sportsmen, knowledgeable professionals and brilliant artistes walk through this tipping point to their own sunsets? My diagnosis: the inability to retain their balance of confidence at the point of maturity.
Applied to professionals, 'mature confidence' refers to the ability of an individual to realistically apprise himself of his own strength and weakness vis-a-vis the challenge at hand and project self assurance and unshakable confidence to conquer the challenge. All this whilst sharing the credit and visibility with others who deserve it. It makes a leader stand up to criticism and make 'lonely' decisions, even when not supported by others. In the absence of professional maturing process, young and bright leaders may run the risk of unnowingly slipping into the zones of 'destructive over confidence'.
Executives with mature confidence are realistic, secure in their knowledge and skills. They do not get easily threatened by diverse opinions and diatribes, and do not see the world through bi-polar lenses of opposition or capitulation. Strong opposite ideas are not met with counter blasts. They see every such occasion as an opportunity to learn and enhance the quality of their own knowledge, sharpen their skills or hone their performances. There are secure enough and want to keep growing and therefore keep practising and learning. Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
Over confidence takes over when maturity lies in slumber. It deceives champions into believing their own vanities. It makes them believe they are indefectible. The demon takes over the man and makes him believe he is God. he need no practise, does not need to learn new facets, becomes arrogant, ant titillates his glory by attending 'wet and wild parties' just the night before the match.
Intemperate behavior on the field, grunting and abusive language when performance fails, arguing with umpires and referees over their decisions, are only symptomatic of this. Ultimately, overconfidence grows and destroys that very strength, becoming the cause of own's downfall.
So what is the corporate primer for you? Confidence is very critical and you have to display and convey it if you wish to grow into leadership roles. However you have to keep tempering it with maturity, particularly when you are succeeding, winning and scoring your highs.
Humbly share your glory with those who have contributed. Solicit feedback and acknowledge limitations. Do not let over confidence destroy you. Realistically access yourself and be a student forever. you should keep learning, for that only mature way to maintain the balance between your strength and the cause of your destruction.

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