Navigating career success requires a combination of knowledge, skill, expertise and experience. It also requires confidence. And confidence is not a ‘nice to have’, it’s critical to career success because it manifests in three key areas:
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 in order to get there.
A core belief in our abilities and performance coupled with clarity around our ambition enables us to recognize 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.
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:
- 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.
- Set goals and take action – this focus creates intentional action in the career progression journey, removes limiting beliefs and identifying new opportunities.
- Know your stuff and face your fear – recognition of our strengths and values enables us to be able 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 participating in meaningful interactions with others to achieve outcomes. How we show up in these workplace interactions is critical and it is when we can successfully manage ourselves and others with confidence, that the fast track to career success begins.