Article Author: John Hackston, Head, Thought Leadership, The Myers-Briggs Company | July 15, 2020
Can you imagine voting for a president who appeared to lack confidence? If you’re like most people, probably not. Whether the manager of a restaurant or president of a major corporation, confidence is clearly something we look for in our leaders. Research confirms this: We tend to listen to and believe people who sound like they know what they’re talking about.
But while confidence is clearly a critical factor in convincing other people you’re ready to lead them, the role of confidence is a little less commonly understood in terms of how it affects the performance of a leader. While a healthy measure of self-confidence is clearly a component of effective leadership, this is an area when there definitely can be too much of a good thing.
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