The Confidence Crisis in Performance and Leadership

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The “Secret Weapon” in Performance is Being Challenged


If you are a business performer or leader, you know that confidence is your secret weapon. There is no sweeter feeling than knowing that, no matter what the situation or degree of pressure, that you or your team have what it takes to get the result you envisioned. You deliver when it counts.


But, times are changing. The rate of change in business today and shifts in values between generations is creating uncertainty. Having the opportunity to work with organizations in a variety of industries, it is our experience that this uncertainty is leading business performers and organizations to struggle with their confidence. Because confidence is emerging in so many conversations, we might even go so far to say that the changing landscape is creating a crisis in confidence. Individuals and organizations are stressed and not getting the results they planned for.


Are you confident?


As a quick check-in on your own confidence, here are a few questions to ask yourself about you, your team and organization …


  • I feel confident about my own skills and abilities to perform my job well.
  • I feel confident that my team has the skills and abilities to keep up with the rate of change.
  • My internal narrative is positive and optimistic with little doubt.
  • I am comfortable we can stay ahead of the competition.
  • I am confident our organization can increase market share.
  • I am confident that my team has the ability to innovate.
  • I feel assured that our best talent will stay in the organization.
  • I believe that our organization can thrive in a changing environment.


If you find yourself having difficulty answering yes to these questions, it might be time to evaluate confidence and look for solutions that will help you comfortably say yes to these important questions.


Take Action


A few questions to consider re: developing confidence in your people and organization:


Is your organization staying on top of skill and behavior development to keep up with the rate of change?


Are you “futureproofing” your business to insure you are staying ahead of your competition and maximizing your own abilities?


Are you creating a “culture of confidence”?


Is your internal narrative driven by a positive voice that encourages calculated risk?


The best way to build confidence is to be proactive and invest in creating it.



John Haime is a world-class Human Performance Coach and one of the world’s leading authorities in Emotional Intelligence as it relates to performance in sport. He personally coaches Executives, Professional Athletes, professional & amateur teams and Olympians. He is the Author of You Are a Contender! Build Emotional Muscle to Perform Better and Achieve More … in Business, Sports and Life – a bestseller in the U.S. and Canada. He currently works with some of the world’s leading athletes and organizations. See to learn more.