Click to listen to Episode 8 - Building Self-Confidence in a Work Environment that Tears You Down

Hi, Managers and Supervisors. How's it going?

In this podcast, I talk about the real things that most people are afraid to talk about as a manager and supervisor.

Why is that? 

Fear. 

If not discussed, how will change happen?

As good managers and supervisors, our job is to lift employees' to their highest potential, encourage them, build their self-confidence and help them succeed in what they do at work. 

What if the work culture doesn't support this type of leadership philosophy?

Do it anyway. You and your employees need and want to be encouraged to flourish.  

But who inspires and uplifts the manager and supervisor?

(Yourself) and sometimes your staff will inspire you on difficult days.  

The area you manage will prosper compared to the work culture that tears others down around you.

How do you build self-confidence when others tear you down in the workplace?

  • Recite Affirmations throughout the day.

  • Take a break and get away from the office for a few minutes.

  • Take a walk to clear your mind.

  • Listen to some calming music.

Remember that people unhappy with themselves will tear down others, thinking they look good. But, instead, they don't look good at all. When someone is verbally mean to you, step back and remember this. What is driving them to act unkind or controlling? 

Some people think that tearing down others makes them look better than others. But unfortunately, they are too busy clawing their way to the top to care about how they make others feel.

Say your boss gives you a project, and they take it back because you aren't doing it the way they would. Again, it is their control issues that are surfacing. I understand this can hurt, primarily if you work very hard on the project. Reflect on what you can do in the future, so this doesn't happen again? Ask questions on their thought process of what they want from this project. Occasionally update them on the project and how it is going. If you are silent and not updating, they may assume you are not as far ahead as you are. 

You are in a management meeting and asked for your opinion. A coworker disagrees with you wanting to show they are better than you to your boss while trying to provoke you to get upset react unprofessionally towards them. Before responding, reflect on this person who wants you to react unfavorably. Breathe. If a response is expected, calmly say why this is your opinion and why it will work without lashing out at the coworker.

Make a difference in your workplace by being compassionate, empathic, a good mentor, honest, straightforward, and kind. The workplace needs more of this kind of leadership than destroying each other's self-confidence and reputation; creating a cohesive workplace and lifting people will help change the workplace from chaos to calm.  

Today's podcast Affirmation

I am confident! 

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Until next we meet again!

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