Lead With Greater Confidence Through Conviction

Six best practices conviction best practices which underscore confidence


An article in Nature Neuroscience led by Benedetto De Martino, a cognitive neuroscientist in the field of decision-making and neuroeconomics, states that the brain has direct links between knowing what you want and the ability to express it.

His research demonstrated that the more confident a person was in his or her ideas, the more likely they were to maintain those beliefs over time. ¬These deep-seated principles led to a capacity to speak with greater conviction.

Conviction and confidence in how you communicate does not guarantee success. But the lack of both almost always guarantees failure – especially when it comes to leadership.

It’s a personal and deep-seated belief that compels individuals to move forward despite doubt and cynicism. Conviction drives decision making, promises action, tolerates risk, and overcomes doubt.

It doesn’t always happen immediately but progresses over time through both positive and negative experiences.

Save Jobs- A man of confidence and conviction

I use Steve Jobs as example quite often in my coaching and teaching. The reason is simple, he was a visionary and revolutionary leader who exemplified confidence and conviction.

Here was a man who often was the smartest guy in the room. But he often camouflaged his intelligence with emotion when he spoke.

He introduced ideas and products never before seen or considered; we are living the result of his conviction today.

When Jobs introduced the iPod, he didn’t talk about hardware and software. He talked about the prospect of having a thousand songs in your pocket.

It was delivered in language that was easy to follow, packed with emotion, and translated easily from speaker to listener.

Jobs’ communication tactics were straightforward. The smartest guy in the room did not communicate in facts and figures. He did so with simplicity, energy, and above all, conviction.

When you integrate those three qualities—simple tones, creativity, and emotion—nothing is lost. They can absorb all of it, and the ideas behind your speech will stick.

Choose your words- and actions- wisely

Why would anyone follow you up a mountain, onto the playing field, or into the line of fire if you use weak words?

Why would people buy what you are selling? In order to become a leader, project strength. That strength should be communicated, first and foremost, via the quality of the words you choose.

But speaking with conviction is far more than choosing quality (not filler) words.

It is also expressed in actions and reactions. More than a century ago, the philosopher Thomas Carlyle said, “Conviction is worthless unless it’s converted into conduct.” Ask most serial entrepreneurs about the start-up challenges they confront, and they’ll likely agree with Carlyle’s base assumption.

Start-ups require the three Cs: courage, capital, and conviction.

You need all three to succeed as an entrepreneur, but each works in different ways. Courage is felt, capital is raised, but conviction must be demonstrated in order to be of value.

Nest: Six best practices conviction best practices.

Chuck Garcia
Chuck Garciahttp://chuckgarcia.com/about/
Chuck is an author, executive coach, keynote speaker, and CEO of Climb Leadership International. He coaches executives on public speaking and leadership communication. A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, he spent several of those in leadership positions at Bloomberg, BlackRock, and Citadel. He is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University where he teaches leadership communication in The Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science. He leverages his business leadership experience, as well as his hobby of mountain climbing, to provide an effective teaching narrative for professionals applying his tools and techniques. In his book A Climb to the Top, an Amazon best seller, draws on years of coaching and consulting experience to explain how you can become a powerful and persuasive communicator. Chuck is a graduate of Syracuse University and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Website

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