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Improving Self Esteem as a Leader

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

Problems with Leader Self Esteem

For you to succeed in anything, the very first step is to believe in yourself. However, if you find yourself claiming that “ I would like to do this but I think I’ll look foolish or might fail because I am inadequate, a fake,’ you inherently limit your success. Unfortunately, this is a problem that many leaders, including those who lead in Fortune 500 companies, face. it is an indication of low self-esteem, a thinking disorder which lead to faulty assumptions

about oneself and self-defeating behaviors. According to a recent study, about 30% of

corporate leaders struggle with self-esteem.

What is Self Esteem?

Self-esteem refers to the attitude of a person towards his or her abilities and worth. As a

corporate leader, your decisions and perceptions have a remarkable influence on yourself

but also to other employees as well as the performance of the company you represent.

Consequently, things may not work the way you desire them to and you might feel like

throwing in the towel if you have a self-esteem issue. This is the major stumbling block to

innovation. A survey report posted on Statistics and trends in 2015 by Feel Good Contact

Lenses shows that 32% of the study’s respondents (employees including business leaders)

were afraid of putting their own ideas forward at their workplaces.

Leading a big organization is a great achievement which results from excellence in various

aspects, but it is not always an indication of high self-esteem. Remember that success is a

product of many factors including self-esteem. Twenty percent of the respondents of the

survey by The Feel Good Contact Lenses attested that they had at some point missed out

on a promotion because of lacking faith in their own abilities.

Signs of Low Self Esteem in Leaders

The majority of leaders with low self-esteem hide behind their roles and titles so that other

people around them don’t see them as inferior as they see themselves. They live in fear

that someone might take advantage of their inadequacies and take their positions. Worse,

their fear makes them avoid people who can help them overcome their self-doubts,

resulting in them suffering in silence. As such, leaders with self-esteem issues exhibit

retrogressive characteristics like:

  • Withdrawing from team members

  • Micromanaging and bullying their teams/subordinates

  • Being overly defensive

  • Pretending to know things which they actually don’t know

  • Arrogance

How to Boost Your Self Esteem As a Leader

Unfortunately, many leaders don’t know how to deal with self-esteem despite knowing that

it might be a threat to their success. The first step to improve your self-esteem is to

appreciate that nothing and nobody is perfect . Stop being unrealistically hard on yourself.

View your flaws as opportunities to learn more and become a better person instead of

seeing them as stumbling blocks. Admit that you don’t know everything and accept corrections where necessary. Also, be optimistic and believe in yourself to boost your self-


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