Empowering context – Your confidence is key

By: Kris Boesch Thursday July 30, 2015 0 comments Tags: Kris Boesch


Recently I had two separate leaders from completely different organizations tell me they didn’t think their team could be successful around accomplishing the challenge at hand.

And they’re right.Kris_Boesch_Blog_Photo_2

Because if the leader has a crisis of confidence, then the team questions their own competence. An insecure, apprehensive team will struggle to be successful.

Often in my work I talk about creating an empowering context for your team. And what I can tell you is one of the key ingredients is confidence in your team.

Studies have shown that high expectations lead to high performance. We take someone else’s belief in our ability as proof of our capability -- and we want to prove them right.

Believe in the potential of your people to:

  • Be innovative
  • Tackle the most difficult of challenges
  • Overcome hurt feelings
  • Do what’s best for the organization

Because if you don’t believe they can, neither will they.

And let’s say you feel you have good reason for having a crisis of confidence. Then ask yourself – what’s in the way? or what’s missing? Chances are it’s not about the team.  It’s likely about a process, an individual, an unresolved issue or a resource gap. All of these are challenges that can be addressed and overcome (rather than an overarching, pit-of-your-stomach, nebulous, unsolvable uncertainty.)

Then ask the team to help you tackle and overcome the obstacle.

“Because we’re a group of smart, committed people. And yes, this isn’t easy. And I know that together we can accomplish just about anything we set our minds to. We’ve got this.”

Kris Boesch

About the Author: Kris Boesch

Kris Boesch is CEO and founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1,000 hours of research Boesch conducted with a team of doctoral students in the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University.  Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage.  Under her leadership, Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average.