On Confidence…A Few Words for Leaders

Leaders…here’s a few words on confidence.

Know your stuff and be prepared.

Own your role. Make it yours. Be up to date.

Understand that doing this will help you to feel that you belong in the room, the meeting, the role.

Have an opinion.

Have something to contribute.

Find the right language to use.

Be concise and clear.


Deliver in a way that is engaging and compelling.


Get some feedback if you doubt yourself in this respect.

Use your title.

Introduce yourself with a love of what you do, who you are and what you stand for.

Pay attention to the right things.

Pay attention to others.

Listen to what’s being said. Listen to what’s not being said.

Ask questions.

Nerves are OK. Nerves are normal. Nerves can equal excitement.

Nerves don’t mean a lack of confidence – stop linking the two.


I’m Susan Ritchie, an author, leadership and executive coach and trainer. My second book, Strategies for Being Visible: 14 Profile-Raising Ideas for Emerging Female Leaders is now available as a paperback, an audiobook and for the Kindle reader.



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