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#5 Humble Confidence: What you need to lead through challenges

Season #1 Episode #5

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No matter your breadth of leadership influence it is important to know that there are a few challenges all leaders experience. Whether you are new to leadership or have been a leader for decades, one thing is for sure, you will always experience challenges such as: 

  • The 1st challenge every leader experiences is the challenge of time constraints - everyone on this planet only has 24 hours to get the job done and we probably all needed that “thing” done yesterday. That includes billionaires like Mark Cuban and Warren Buffet, and CEO’s like Tim Cook from Apple and Andy Jassy from Amazon. Whether it’s a billionaire, CEO, or piddly little oh me…we all have 24 hours in day.
  • A 2nd challenge every leader experiences is leading through the unknown - everyone goes through situations where they just don’t have all the answers. It doesn’t matter whether you're a first time parent not knowing how to care for a crying baby or a leader in a service-based industry trying to save people’s jobs through a social distancing pandemic. Life is hard and curveballs are thrown all the time…all leaders are challenged with leading through the unknown. 
  • A 3rd challenge every leader experiences is conflict - everyone experiences conflict - whether it is conflict in a marriage, within their team, between their stakeholders, or with public opinion …. Every leader has to work to bring common goals and unity to the forefront to restore the relationship and move forward. 


Even though all leaders face challenges we can walk with humble confidence in our leadership. Humility is not about thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less…humility is other people focused. And guess what…leadership is people focused. Now confidence is not the same thing as arrogance. Confidence is trust and belief in something and it can be found in multiple things. Like having confidence in God for provision and protection, confidence in the people you work with to come together in unity to solve a problem, and yes you can have confidence in yourself to do your job and lead.

Here are 4 ways to build humble confidence as you lead through challenging situations: 

  1. First, You must Have complete and total dependence on God. 
  2. Second, you have to stop making everything about you. 
  3. Third, you need to recognize that there is no perfect plan or checklist but that wisdom comes from God first, not man.
  4. Fourth, you need to know that almost all problems are mole hills, not mountains. 



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