July 27, 2011 / 2:52 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Three ways to build confidence

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence, but no-one is immune to bouts of insecurity, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Few people succeed in business without self-assurance. But everyone has bouts of insecurity from time to time. Here are three ways you can bolster your confidence:

1. Be honest. Know what you’re good at and what you still need to learn. With an accurate assessment of your abilities you can tell the difference between self-doubt and lack of skill.

2. Practice. If there’s a job or task that you’re worried about, practice doing it. Preparation builds both skill and confidence.

3. Embrace new opportunities. Playing to your strengths is smart, but not if it means you don’t try new things. Conquer fresh challenges to remind yourself what you are capable of.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “How to Build Confidence” by Amy Gallo.

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