Insecurity chips away at many leaders’ ability to run their organizations effectively and interact positively with their employees. It can deeply impact your workplace interactions because it focuses your energy on unhealthy and unproductive behaviors. Let’s start with a brief definition of insecurity as it applies to leadership:
Leadership Insecurity: Doing negative things in the workplace because you don’t feel great about yourself deep down.
Leaders display insecure behavior for many reasons including because they are frightened, feel threatened, are not in control of their own actions or emotions or feel like they are not important enough. Some leaders withdraw when they are insecure and others become overbearing or require a lot of support and attention. Regardless of how you behave, insecurity is about how you feel about yourself. So what can you do to feel great about yourself and your leadership abilities.
Think of the following ideas to boost your self-confidence and reduce your insecurity.
Characteristics of Secure Leaders
Aren’t threatened by others and don’t need to dominate.
Listen well and don’t talk on top of others.
Don’t require attention all the time.
Are comfortable with other people’s success.
Don’t feel they have to win.
Don’t put other people down to make themselves feel better.
Characteristics of Insecure Leaders
Threatened by others.
Talk a lot to get attention.
Need to be the center of attention.
Jealous of other people’s success.
Competitive, always need to win.
Put people down to feel better.
Which list do your behaviors reflect more often? If you see yourself on the insecure side, it’s not the end of the world, all you have to do is increase some of the positive traits. Even highly insecure people can feel better about themselves by practicing behaviors that allow them to experience their own success and help others do the same.
Leaders can build their sense of confidence by working out their own personal issues and finding ways to use their talents and abilities in the workplace. When you focus on building yourself up in positive ways you can then do the same for your workplace and employees. Being confident takes some practice but you’ll get to enjoy a more rewarding work life.