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Ask These Questions to Determine Your Confidence Level For a Task.

G. Balasubramanian | Chairperson, Board of Advisors, ICSL | Editor-in-Chief, The Progressive School


Examine the following constructs:

  • I think

  • I may

  • I can

  • I will

Do you find that each of the above constructs reflect different levels of confidence? Which of the above do you use frequently and why?


One of the essential qualities of a good leader is the level of confidence he or she has. The confidence level of a leader indicates the faith one has in one's visions and actions. If a leader is not confident, how can they expect their team-mates to repose confidence in their leadership?


Very often we give up a task half the way through - because we had not thought of its effects or consequences, or we get stuck somewhere without knowing where to go and what to do. We need to take up a task only when we are confident of doing it. Even if meet a few failures, they shouldn’t deter us from going ahead.


In many cases we lose confidence in our actions as we don’t take charge of the situations and we hold someone else responsible for our actions. It is important that we need to take responsibility for our actions. The more we are responsible, we gain more confidence in our work.


Robert Bach, the well-known author says:

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."

When we start doing a work, let us ask ourselves:

  1. Do I have the motivation to do this piece of work?

  2. Am I confident of doing this?

  3. What will I do if I get some hurdles in the completion of the task?

  4. If I fail in achieving the desired outcome, what should I do?


Well, it is said “true greatness lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." A.C Dumas states:" Drugs are always not necessary, but the belief in recovery is." In a book titled “How to be a leader of others?” the author says:

“What is the gift that makes a person a successful leader of others? It is simply confidence. It means confidence in one’s powers, and if that confidence is great enough and strong enough it will inspire others, and they will believe in the leader as firmly as he believes in himself, perhaps more so.”
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