- Gallup Builder Talent Tuesday Webcast Series
- Season 1, Episode 11
- Learn about Confidence -- one of 10 Builder talents -- its characteristics and blind spots, and how builders can leverage it to propel themselves to success.
On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season 1, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Confidence talent with guest Shahab Kaviani.
People who are especially talented in the Confidence talent are keenly aware of their abilities. They harness this awareness to take quick and decisive action. They seize opportunities knowing they will succeed and use their talents to persist in the face of uncertainty and failure.
They have a strong sense of self-belief. They know they have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. They have confidence in their ideas and their ability to make things happen. They can easily convince others of their ability to get results.
Confidence is really about that idea of self-belief. It is the idea that regardless of what you are facing there is something in you that will be the greatest way to overcome that obstacle. Someone with high confidence will present themselves effectively. They clearly understand that they can influence others, and personalize the way they do so. They tend to be action oriented. They take initiative. They have a great conviction in their ability to be entrepreneurs. Confidence wins over doubt.
Confidence has the ability to recognize opportunities by acting quickly. With Confidence you have the ability to effectively control life events. How can you not only get positive results, but convince others to get those positive results? Confidence can lead by loaning that confidence to others by telling them you believe in them and why.
Some potential blind spots can be that you can make decisions very quickly. Sometimes very quickly can seem hasty. This can mean that you are sometimes just underestimating the complexity of the situation. In order to avoid this slow down, consider relevant factors before making decisions. Have trusted advisors who are great thinkers and help you slow down.
A second potential blind spot is underestimating resources by overestimating your ability to get things done without them. This may work for you, but might not work when you are leading other people or a business. You may also overcommit resources in pursuit of opportunity without assessing the competition, or assessing market readiness. Position yourself at the start of an opportunity, but give yourself some great skills and partnerships to observe the complexity of the situation. It can be great to put your processes through some checks and balances.
Think about finding your futuristic sweet spot. How far into the future are you confident? What are you the most confident about in the future? This can help you create a compass for the present. Do your homework. Learn all you can about the market, industry and the competition. Learn who the subject matters are and build a relationship with them. Avoid the trap of speed. You may need to pause to make decisions. Use your Confidence not just as a decision making tool, but also as a relationship builder. You can easily influence others, so the gift that you bring to a network of your peers is that you are the one who is able to get the message out to a wider audience. Find a way to get better at your Confidence by being able to find others who will be equally as confident with you.
Shahab Kaviani's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Connectedness, Empathy, Belief, Responsibility and Achiever. Shahab's Top 4 BP10 talents are Relationship, Confidence, Risk and Disruptor.