Here’s The Truth: Even Successful Leaders Lack Confidence

 Who does not want to be confident?

Nobody. It is just that some people are more confident than others while there are also those who do not have enough confidence at all. Because they lack confidence, they deem themselves as having no confidence whatsoever.

If you are one of those suffering from low self-esteem, fret not, it is not hopeless. You might find it difficult to believe, but the lack of self-confidence is actually one of the traits of successful leaders—yes, they are already successful, and yet, they still have low confidence at times. They also worry that they may be wrong, or they cannot successfully execute a plan. If you think about it, it is the exact opposite of what they project in real life.

The big difference, however, is that these people are not afraid that such lack of confidence would be labeled as weakness. They just don’t care. They see it as an opportunity to improve the plan and the way they think.

Having said that, perhaps it is time to reassess your confidence and begin taking more risks by going out of your comfort zone.

Do you need more proof and more push? Read on below. Al Pittampalli, a contributor for, wrote the article.

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A Lack of Confidence Is a Surprising Trait of Successful Leaders

These days, everyone wants to be more confident. A few of the world’s most successful leaders are marked exceptions.

…Great leaders, we’ve been taught, are supposed to have conviction in their beliefs. In fact, we often see a lack of confidence and a willingness to change our minds as a sign of weakness.

These leaders don’t care.

Surprisingly, high performance had less to do with what the experts knew and more with how they thought.

When the leaders have more reason to believe that one of their opinions is right, for example when their idea survives a robust debate with their team, they allow themselves to have higher confidence. When their team provides them with solid reasons why their opinion is wrong, they lower their confidence. This foxy process of continually trying to match confidence level with the probability that an event will actually occur is called calibration.

Unlike everyone else, these leaders don’t care about being more confident. What they desperately want to be is better calibrated. And it’s this pursuit that has helped to make some of the most successful leaders in the world.

–by Al Pittampalli

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