December 18, 2020

Team Self-Esteem: Why It Matters, and What to Do About It

As a business leader, you already know self-confidence is key to success. Maybe you’re already into all the classic tricks to raise yours, like overcoming limiting beliefs or power posing in the mirror.

But what about your team as a whole? If self confidence itself offers a huge range of benefits, from less stress to more motivation, isn’t your job as a leader to help your team members see those same perks?

If you’re looking for ways to grow your team’s self-esteem, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to raise your team’s confidence, and why it matters.

The Power of a Confident Team

You’d be surprised how your team members’ confidence levels affect the shape of your business. 

Team confidence—in addition to trust—can create a workplace where members aren’t afraid to raise their hand and speak up. For you, that means hearing more of the feedback, insights, and ideas you need, while also finding more opportunities to improve deliverables or take care of errors before they grow. In addition, confident team members feel assured of their worth, meaning they’re less likely to stand by and accept bad behavior or shoddy work. And in terms of workflow, a confident team needs less oversight and decision-making from above, freeing you up to tackle the big-picture needs of the business. 

All of these things add up to a healthier, more productive workforce that’s better geared toward making intelligent decisions and collaborating with ease.

How to Raise Your Team’s Self-Confidence

If you’re struggling with a team that doesn’t yet have the self-confidence levels you want, bridging the gap can feel overwhelming. It’s true: raising someone’s self-confidence won’t happen overnight, and it may even take weeks or months to see results. But with consistent effort, your team’s confidence will grow gradually over time.

Make Yourself Available

Weekly one-on-one meetings are a critical tool for businesses, so if you haven’t made the jump from annual performance reviews to frequent check ins, now is the time. Your one-on-one meetings are opportunities to show each member you value them enough to check in on their growth, projects, and concerns on a regular basis. 

Let Them Try New Things

Here’s yet another reason to delegate: it gives your team opportunities to tackle new challenges and put their skills to the test. Let them try their hand at new tasks, propose new projects, and learn as they go. 

Develop Your People

Nothing shows a team that it’s valuable like investing in its personal growth. Take the time to consider training opportunities on an individual basis, identify areas of weakness, and work on filling any gaps in your employees’ skill sets. When you set your team up to achieve more, it sends a message that you expect and trust them to do so.

Let Them Mentor Each Other

To build trust between team members, mentorship is a great way to start—and it also helps with the tip above. Your experienced employees will gain confidence from teaching essential skills, and your new team members will fill in gaps in their knowledge with expert help.

Self-confidence is a vital tool in the world of business, and building it up in your team is key to your communal success. Eliminate self-doubt with the strategies above for a stronger, more cohesive team!
If you’re still working on your own self-confidence, including your belief in your ability to lead your team, our masterminds can help. Come learn with us to get feedback and action plans to take control of your confidence.

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