Ten Signs That You're Losing Your Confidence

To succeed as a CIO, you must command the ear of the C-suite--as well as rally your IT department--with a sense of assertive leadership. But in this era of rapidly shifting business conditions, many senior executives may find their sense of self-confidence floundering. Part of this is due to stress: Nearly half of Americans say their stress has increased in the last year, research shows, and 77% report that they're suffering negative physical symptoms as a result. Nearly half say the anxiety is causing them to lose sleep at night. The recent book, Success Under Stress: Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure is On (Amacom), takes a close look at the modern-day dynamics that are causing professionals to lose their cool. In one section, author Sharon Melnick reveals the following 10 "trouble signs" that convey a lack of self-assurance in the workplace. In many ways, a noticeable lack of confidence turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy as overt signals of self-doubt will often cause colleagues to doubt you. Melnick is a psychologist who specializes in helping business professionals, with clients such as GE, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer and Merck.


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.

This article was originally published on 01-10-2013
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