A Capable and Confident Leader is Key to Business Growth
Have you ever pondered the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter of Starry Night, Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night? These masterful paintings have been cherished for decades because of the talent that Van Gogh showed.
But would it surprise you to know that Van Gogh at times struggled with his confidence? During his lifetime, Van Gogh did not achieve the level of recognition that we associate with him today. In fact, sometimes he doubted that he would ever improve as an artist.
But as the years passed, Vincent Van Gogh managed to learn one important lesson: remembering your past successes can help you to take on new challenges with confidence. Expressing himself the way that only an artist can, Van Gogh said: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Good advice even for non-artists
The point is this: past successes will give you the confidence you need to tackle new challenges and to step into new roles in your company. When those familiar negative voices in our heads try and scare us, we can say, “I’m going to persevere and move forward and innovate and figure out how to make this happen.”
Being capable is not simply a philosophical concept – it is all about taking action. This may be a foreign concept to a lot of young folks who suffer from entitlement mentality (it really bugs me to see people who expect great results but who think that they don’t have to put in the effort and muster the courage to go through long periods of uncertainty and fear), but doing the work is simply a necessary part of life.
And it’s not just about making money or entrepreneurship – this idea of becoming “capable” is a crucial part of learning any new skill or task. If you want growth – any kind of growth – then accepting new challenges and reflecting on past successes is simply a process that you will have to go through.
So what can you expect after your first big win?
Growing personally leads to growing economically
After you have stepped up and overcome that first hurdle, you’ll find that you have grown in all sorts of ways. For example, you’ll see that you previously had a “normal” – a comfort zone where you felt comfortable operating. But once you’ve gone through the growth cycle, increasing your capability and confidence, you’ll discover that you have a new definition of “normal” – a new comfort zone. And this growth will be evident every single time that you take on a new and bigger challenge and succeed.
After the storm has passed
And remember: after a victory, a leader doesn’t rest on their laurels – they up their commitment and they set their sights on bigger breakthroughs, bigger opportunities, and bigger projects. Why? Because the capability and confidence that they have developed urges them to keep growing – and to grow their company as a result.
No matter how a company measures their progress (whether in terms of revenue, production, or efficiency), a capable and confident leader is the most important factor key to growth.
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