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If your startup is becoming a successful business, chances are you’re ready to grow. Hiring new recruits is scary enough when you’ve built everything up on your own so far. But you’re an entrepreneur. You need specialists in their field to take your company above and beyond where you are now. This means you might be hiring people that are more experienced and more educated than you.
Rather than be intimidated by the pool of talent you might be interviewing soon, why not give yourself a few confidence boosters? After all, you must be pretty talented yourself to have made it this far. Ultimately, you’re the one with the vision to take your business into new markets. And you’re the one that knows what kind of person it will take to drive that. So give yourself a big pat on the back, and get ready to become the greatest boss ever!
Qualifications aren’t just about having a piece of paper to prove you know your stuff. They offer you the chance to learn more than you knew before. You can even develop a deeper understanding of the things you think you already knew. Perhaps, most importantly, you can give your confidence a boost knowing you have the most current thinking as a leader, manager, and entrepreneur.
It’s worth considering online courses that you can fit in with the rest of your day-to-day work. You won’t need to give up your business for months at a time, and you can tackle your projects at your own pace. You can take courses like the Bachelors in Business Leadership to give you the skills and the understanding you need to fulfill your new role as boss. If you’ve never managed a team of other managers or a whole workforce before, then this type of qualification might help.
Many people believe that respect is given to those with the best reputation in the business. Whether this is entirely true or not, you can build your reputation yourself. Take the time to set up your personal profile in LinkedIn and encourage people you’ve worked with to endorse you. You might also want to build up a blog site with useful articles about your line of work and the industries you’re involved with. You could even talk about starting up your own business!
Start to hold seminars or talks. You can charge or choose to do these for free to build up your reputation. Write a white paper, and offer to help journalists with their articles about your industry or area of specialism. Join forums and groups that talk about your business areas so you can contribute and comment. Your name will soon become better known as your reputation gets the boost you deserve.
There are many skills that good leaders and managers need. One of the most important is persuasion. You must build trust in your decision and provide compelling reasoning for each of them. Even if you own the company, your subordinates might still disagree with your choices. They may even refuse to complete tasks you have delegated to them. This can be a really tough position to find yourself in. There are several ways to improve your ability to persuade others.
Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is both frowned upon and revered as a tool for persuading others. The basics simply encourage you to consider your approach to convincing someone to do what you believe to be best. Compliance is the result you’re looking for, not brainwashing! Sometimes all you need is a good strong tone and compelling argument.
Charisma and Public Charm
Another way to boost your confidence is to build your natural charisma. The ability to charm the public isn’t just for those that are born with compelling personalities. You can develop the outward confidence, even if you’re not so confident inside. Practice your posture and public speaking skills as often as you can. Spend time taming your stress levels. Make sure you are always well rehearsed so that your speeches or presentations appear as natural and confident as possible.
Make The Tough Calls
When you start to hire, you’re also going to have to reject some applicants. This can be completely unpleasant, especially when a rejected candidate continues to persist. Recruiting through online systems lets you hide behind the tech. There won’t be a face or a personality to put to that rejection letter or email. Of course, if you’ve hired someone and they’re not working out, you might have to fire them. This can be a completely different experience. There is no tech to hide behind. Are you confident enough to make the tough calls?
Be Prepared To Say No
Saying no is a big part of managing a team of people. On the one hand, you want your team to be forthcoming with ideas and suggestions. On the other hand, you want the power to accept or reject those ideas as you see fit. This means there will be times you have to say no. Don’t say you’ll think about it if you know you don’t want to. There are lots of different ways to say no. Some are more polite and gentle than others. However you do it, you need to be certain everyone knows you mean no.
Confident leaders and managers can inspire and motivate their team every single day. They take the time to care about them and to find out what will spur them on when it gets tough. As the leader of your business, you can sculpt and craft your teams more easily because you can pick and choose the basic ingredients - the people. It’s what you do once they start working that will either inspire them to deliver great results or leave them pondering the recruitment ads again.
Strong leaders come across as very confident people. This is essential to make it as a business manager and people manager. It doesn’t mean that they are naturally confident people. You can boost your confidence through further education, practical experience, and developing new skills. Are you ready?
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