Corporate Career Girl is an online community and a fast growing career platform. We are on a daily mission to equip and empower career girls of all backgrounds with the right career resources and tools to succeed in the workplace. Find latest corporate career advice and tips for the everday career girl in the corporate workplace. Learn how to own the workplace with confidence.
CCG IS AN AMAZON ASSOCIATES PROGRAM PARTICIPANT. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS
Hard work is essential in order to be successful at work. However, the lack of confidence can negatively influence your success. So what does it mean to be confident? To be confident is simply to be assured or convinced about your own abilities or qualities. For example, your own views of your daily performance at work can either lead to a higher or lower self-esteem. The level of confidence you have, therefore really depends on your own mindset.So if you’re aiming for a promotion, a raise or you simply just want to have a bit more self-esteem – the belief in your own ability to succeed plays a major role.Balancing Confidence and PerformanceAccording to an interesting study done by Don Moore of Carnegie Mellon University, people tend to be more swayed by confidence than by expertise. This leads to the fact that confidence can sometimes even be more important than your actual performance. However, this is not to say that performance or expertise should be put aside. Instead, the right balance of both can be a powerful combination of gaining more success at work.Here are three mindsets and practical tips that will help you exhibit more confidence at work:1. Adopt a Positive MindsetProbably easier said than done – However, the truth is, whatever you think regarding your work or performance will eventually be the outcome. You might not be able to do all the things that person A or B does at work. However, don’t forget that you can do a lot of great things too. You are a valuable member of the team and your individual contribution is essential to the team’s overall performance.How to be more positive at work:Substitute negative thoughts for positive thinkingStop saying negative words – Made a mistake? No problem. Let it go!Disengage yourself from negative conversations/discussionsUse your lunch break to read a good book/ or to do something productive2. Adopt a Growth MindsetAdopting a growth mindset is crucial for learning. Start by identifying your own strengths and weaknesses. To help gain more confidence, it is important to know what you’re actually good at. What do you do at work that no one else can do better than you? Also recognising your weaknesses gives you the opportunity to focus on the things you need to improve on.Being open to growth doesn’t mean that you will get it right a 100%. It means that you have to get comfortable with trial and error. You’ll sometimes try and fail and that’s absolutely okay – That’s part of the growing process.How to deal with growth at work:Don’t beat yourself up each time you make a mistakeTake small steps to improvement – Don’t try to improve in one daySet yourself some practical goals. For example, by the end of the month, I would like to master/be better at […….]Don’t compare yourself with others3. Adopt a “We” Instead of “Me” MindsetBuilding self-confidence doesn’t mean you have to entirely focus on you. According to ‘The Confidence Code’ a book by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, in particular, women thrive the most when they focus on “we”. This means that you might need to adopt a mindset that focuses on how your work or success can help or benefit others.For example, think about the positive impact your confidence and eventually, your success will have in your community, company, team and so on. Katty and Claire argue that even though expertise is important, especially for women, developing confidence is essential if you want to thrive in your career.How to have a “we” mindset at work:Low confidence results in inaction – Increase your confidence by taking actionDetermine how you want your success to impact othersDevelop goals outside of yourselfExtend genuine help to team members. However, don't overdo this.Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson is a marketing professional and the Founder and Editor of Corporate Career Girl. Her true passion is to empower career girls in the workplace, and help them bridge the gap between university and the corporate environment.
CCG is an Amazon Associates Program Participant. This post contains affiliate links Have you heard the saying “Women who lead are women who read”? No doubt that if you want to make a difference in your career, business or community, reading is one of the best tools for acquiring knowledge and gaining inspiration. We have listed our top five books you can’t afford to miss on your bookshelf – Girl, read them till the pages start to fall out!1. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their CareersBy Lois P. FrankelYou might not be aware but Girlish behaviours will sabotage your career. If you’re always worried you might be offending somebody in the office, you need to get over it. And this book will help you do that.2. 7 habits of highly effective peopleBy Dr. Stephen CoveyIf you want to become more effective in your life and career, this book will give you more insight on personal leadership and the habits you need to cultivate the have a successful and fulfilling life.
3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl SandbergYou have the right to equality at work. This book will teach you how to stand up in the workplace as a female. Don’t be afraid to take a seat at the table…with the men.4. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social MediaBy Aliza LichtGet personal and professional guidance on how to successfully start your career. The key to becoming successful is to not just learn your job, learn everyone else’s.5. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should KnowBy Katty Kay and Claire ShipmanWomen thrive the most when they focus on “we”. This book will teach you how to be confident by adopting a mindset that focuses on how your work or success can help and benefit others.
Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson is a marketing professional and the Founder and Editor of Corporate Career Girl. Her true passion is to empower career girls in the workplace, and help them bridge the gap between university and the corporate environment.