Accelerating team confidence

“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality” (Joe Paterno)

Many motivation theories suggest that successful performance hinges on both having the needed skills and, also, the will to use these skills to achieve, but even motivated and skilled teams may fail to perform if they don’t have a combined certainty or belief that they can cope with what needs to be done. It would thus seem that confidence, too, is important. Alex Stajkovic, (Development of a Core Confidence-Higher Order Construct, Journal of Applied Psychology 2006), argues that all three — skill, will and confidence — are needed for action to unfold. Belief in one’s abilities to perform an activity comes through successful experience and may add to, or consolidate, a general sense of self-confidence. It follows then that the creation of meaningful experiences by first-line leaders where their teams can succeed could be helpful indeed and could possibly lead to greater productivity, innovation and more positive results.

First-line leaders have a role to play in accelerating team confidence and therefore should avoid the following:

  • Being an “answer-provider” — rather solicit solutions from team members

A genuine approach to accelerating team confidence is needed — an approach that could include some or all the following actions:

  1. Creating situations where team members can practise — giving them time and support to become experts. Increase the level of difficulty as the employee gains confidence.

Accelerating team confidence requires real conversations and face-time (presence), not surface accolades. It commences by understanding what is really going on — it requires digging beneath the presenting issues and obvious insecurity to grasp what scares team members. It then progresses to an agreed development plan and the provision of support. It concludes with enablement — providing opportunity, empowerment, and leadership. Therein rests productivity and performance.

Free To Grow offers the first-line leader development process, LeadQ, to lay the foundation and provide the skills to assist first-line leaders with growing their team members — for more information, contact me on jonathan@ftgsa.co.za

Originally published at https://www.stretchforgrowth.com on July 10, 2022.

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Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.

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Jonathan Mills

Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.