Leading with Self-Confidence

The Essential Role of Self-efficacy: Believing in Your Abilities (video)

💡 What is Self-efficacy?

In psychology, self-efficacy is an individual’s belief in their capacity to act in the ways necessary to reach specific goals.

An individual with high self-efficacy views challenges as things that are supposed to be mastered rather than threats to avoid. Conversely, psychologists have found that if a person has lower levels of self-efficacy they are more likely to focus on feelings of failure rather than success. 


The good news is that self-efficacy isn’t a fixed trait; it’s a mindset that you can cultivate and strengthen over time.

💡 Self-efficacy and Self-confidence: What’s The Difference?

The definition of self-confidence often refers to it as simply believing in yourself while self-efficacy is rooted in beliefs about your capabilities to handle future situations. In this sense, self-confidence is more of a present-focused belief while self-efficacy is more of a forward-looking belief.

The Importance of Leading With Self-Efficacy in the Workplace 


In the workplace, leaders with high self-efficacy are more inclined to take on difficult jobs, persevere in the face of challenges, and recover from failure faster. They also inspire trust and confidence in their team, who are more willing to follow their vision and direction and exert extra effort and creativity. Self-efficacy can also help leaders deal with stress and uncertainty, as they can rely on their resources and capabilities to overcome challenges and adapt to changing situations.

In the following video, Jan discusses how to leverage your strengths for improved self-efficacy in the workplace:

🗣️ Challenging your inner dialogue to improve your self-talk and boost self-efficacy


🎬How an action-oriented approach to challenges can enhance your self-efficacy


💪🏾Leveraging your strengths for stronger self-belief in your capabilities

➡️ In the lessons so far, we’ve explored the fundamentals of self-confidence and self-efficacy. Next, let’s look at the phenomenon of imposter syndrome and look at strategies to overcome it.