By Karen Keller Ph.D. (USA)

Part One in our series on Coaching Leaders.

Confidence is foundational to leadership and influence when coaching leaders, but it is the one characteristic that is truly lacking in many emerging leaders. I see some leaders exhibit bravado and false self-confidence, but have a lack of true confidence when the tough decisions arise. Let’s turn to the topic of how we grow confidence in others. This is an important role of any coach, consultant, or leader.

Confidence is Key

This humorous story shows us why confidence is key to success.

There was a business executive who was deep in debt and could see no way out.

Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on a park bench, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him. “I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.

After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.”

Source: iCN Issue 14 vol.1  (Marketing for Coaches); pages 20-23

About Karen Keller Ph.D.

Author of KII® Influence Assessment to small and large organisations. Providing group training, executive coaching, or speaking about the art of leadership, persuasion, influence, intuition, and success. She provides advanced influence training, leadership skills, advice, and training to CEOs, presidents, owners, executives, and senior leaders of both public and private companies.

Dr. Keller combines original thinking from two separate fields – business consulting and psychology. Drawing on real-world business acumen and powerful management psychology perspectives, She empowers leaders with breakthrough insights, talent development strategies, and measurable business outcomes.