Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-10-2013

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

1. Overcompensating  In meetings, you over-prepare--and over-talk--in the hope that people will think you're smart.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

2. On the Fence  You seek reassurances on decisions you have authority to make on your own.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

3. Negotiating 101, Part I  You often concede ground, but ask for nothing in return.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

4. Negotiating 101, Part II  You sell yourself short on raises during annual reviews--and overpay vendors to avoid confrontation.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

5. Distant Object  You don't let coworkers get close to you, because you fear they'll lose respect if they know "the real you."

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

6. Reluctant Messenger  You soft-pedal bad news in the hope that no one will feel hurt.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

7. Afraid to Ask  You don't ask for help when you need it because you're hesitant to "look stupid."

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

8. Secondary Support  You don't surround yourself with capable people because you don't want them to look better than you.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

9. Overly Watchful  You micromanage your team because you doubt that your leadership is strong enough to give teams what they need to do their jobs.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

10. Safe Bets  You operate within a comfort zone that translates to projects with lower payoffs but less likelihood of failure.

Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence