Confidence is the mother of team performance
In teams, success often boils down to two critical elements: the quality of decisions and the ability to realise a team’s potential. Both require confidence. It is therefore crucial to boost both self-confidence and the confidence in others to be able to emerge in pole position in competitive contexts.
Traditionally, performance has been associated with competitiveness and competitiveness has been related to hard skills, like management skills. However, the increase of volatility, unpredictability, complexity and ambiguity means that soft skills, like confidence and leadership, now play a bigger role in the definition of a successful outcome.
Confidence and leadership go hand in hand. They mutually reinforce each other.
Leadership is about knowing the limits of one’s confidence in managing new situations, to balance value realisation and risks. It drives resilience. Leadership means also inspiring trust and growing others self-confidence.
In that sense, leadership is a team mindset, as much as an individual one, which will create an environment, where the collective goal takes precedence over personal interests and agendas. Confidence will lower the communication barriers preventing effective collaboration, by allowing authenticity, fostering openness and growing respect inside the team. As a result, balanced quality decisions will be made.
Whether in a new or an existing team growing confidence and leadership is best done by pulling it out of its comfort zone to remove any biases or barriers that may come with it. It creates a level playing field from which the mechanisms of confidence can be analysed and developed.
Immersing (corporate) teams in the world of ocean races is such a confidence booster. It both presents countless similarities with the business world and is critically dependent on people finding the right of working together to achieve success. This can only be achieved by growing one’s self-confidence and growing one’s trust in others.
ALL4ONE consulting organises immersions in the ultra-competitive world of offshore sailing races for teams, who want to make a step change in their performance, based on leadership best practices, innovative tools and a unique experience.