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Don’t Let Doubts Absorb Your Organization — Use Them to Grow as a Leader

You can't lead a team effectively until you take steps to regain your confidence

By | Drew McLellan |

No matter who you are or what you do, there will be times that you question whether you’re on the right path. The problem is that  can permeate your organization if you lack the necessary conviction to move the business forward.

André Spicer, a professor at City University London, recently theorized that doubt causes leaders to respond in one of four ways: cling to existing beliefs, cease organizational investment, project a vision of the future that leaves no room for doubt or begin to experiment and innovate.

None of these responses is inherently wrong. And depending on your organization, one approach might better suit your employees. The key to determining the best course of action is acknowledging that you don’t always have the answers. Once you accept that fact and learn from leaders facing similar challenges, you can begin to broaden your perspective.

You might have stumbled into a leadership role, but there’s a reason why you’re at the helm of your organization. Your next step should be to find ways to overcome self-doubt and restore your . When you move past hesitancy, you put yourself in a better position to determine the best course of action. Here’s what I’ve learned about overcoming doubt as an agency consultant:

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