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This one leadership trait is way more important than confidence

Source | | Anouare Abdou

Very few people would disagree with the idea that confidence is a cornerstone of leadership. But behind the confidence of every inspiring leader lies a way more important trait: the ability to inspire change in themselves — and therefore inspire change in others. 

“If I’m able to get the people around me working with me to engage themselves into the idea of their own personal development, and by extension the development of whatever work or cause they’re part of, then that is going to have the biggest payoff for everybody involved,” says Bob Babinski, an elite performance coach for corporate executives. 

The continuous pursuit of self-improvement and growth inspires others to follow suit. And it tends to precede the confidence that so many of us are quick to admire when we look at leaders in action. Why? True confidence — not to be mistaken with the appearance of confidence that overcompensating for insecurities can project — is rooted in self-awareness and the knowledge there is always room to improve. 

Here are three ways to get on a growth path and stay on it. 

Invest in yourself

From working with coaches and mentors to taking classes and reading books, the best investment you can make is in yourself. Just like financial investments pay off overtime, think about it like compound interest: Your base of knowledge and awareness will exponentially expand as you add more insights to the mix. 

There’s a reason entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Martha Stewart were able to make comebacks after serious, massive setbacks. Nobody can take your skills and abilities away from you. You are your most valuable resource.

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