Navigating career success requires a combination of knowledge, skill, expertise and experience. It also requires confidence. Confidence is not a ‘nice to have’; it’s critical to career success because it manifests in three key areas; performance, progression and financial.
Having confidence in ourselves and our abilities enables the delivery of high personal performance. Whether that is demonstrated by being able to ask for help when needed, by collaborating with others to benefit from their knowledge and skills, or having the ability to delegate where required, understanding that you can’t (and shouldn’t) do everything yourself, and recognising who are the people that can assist allows you to achieve more at a high standard.
Moving up the career ladder rarely just happens. It comes from identifying what we want to achieve and setting goals to get there. This clarity breeds confidence and creates a pathway to action. We become clear about what we want, what to prioritise, where to spend time, and what experiences and skills to pursue to help us get there. When we know where we’re going, we know what to do and ask to get there.
A core belief in our abilities and performance coupled with clarity around our ambition enables us to recognise the value we bring. This self-confidence shows up when we’re at the negotiating table, whether it’s to discuss salary, promotion, or anything else. Backing ourselves leads to the stacking impact – the shift in how we show up and continue to ask ‘what comes next?’ to take control of our future.
How to navigate career success with confidence
There are three key areas we cover in Core Confidence that align with setting ourselves up to have the confidence that leads to these outcomes:
1. Build relationships
To enable high performance, identify who can support and collaborate and provide guidance, then take steps to build connections. A key factor in suitability for leadership positions is the capacity to build and maintain strong relationships.
2. Set goals and take actions
Getting curious, taking action and moving towards your goals is vital in your career progression journey. It enables you to identify new opportunities and create intentional action.
3. Know your stuff and face your fear
Recognition of our strengths and values enables us to communicate them and know our worth, however that conversation manifests. Facing those difficult conversations is critical because the cost of not prioritising progression can be enormous.
As we move up the ranks, the required skillsets shift from simple proficiency to meaningful interactions with others to achieve outcomes. How we show up in these workplace interactions is critical. When we can successfully manage ourselves and others with confidence, it allows us to fast track our career success!