Confidence in the Marketplace
by: Ellene Meece
Leaders need confidence
To be a leader, one must possess confidence. To fulfill responsibilities and make tough decisions in the workplace, confidence is critical. Confidence is the difference in effective influence and passive indifference. Confidence comes from within...deep within. It cannot be manufactured nor imitated.
If you've ever worked with someone who portrayed exaggerated self-assurance in the form of cockiness and sometimes arrogance to overcome a lack thereof, you know what I mean about true confidence coming from within.
Experiencing the source of confidence
Nothing gives a person more confidence than knowing and believing in what Christ accomplished on the cross for all of us - complete victory over death and the effects of death.
A winner has an unflinching mindset of victory, of success, of the odds being in their favor. Because of Jesus Christ's victory over death through His resurrection, a Christian can have the same.
"Christ's resurrection represents the culmination and fulfillment of God's redemptive purpose," proclaims Henry and Mel Blackaby in their new book: Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your life. "The resurrection is the absolutely necessary conclusion to the whole cross event. It conveys God's final word...not death, but life!"
I believe that experiencing the Easter message takes you beyond knowledge of Christ's resurrection to absolute sureness of God's triumph over death and a strong conviction of His never failing goodness. That knowing and assurance convinces your soul that all is well and this will effortlessly exude from your being.
I can tell you that people are attracted to those who have true confidence. If you are over a group of people in the business world, they crave someone who can make decisions with confidence and communicate optimism in the face of chaos. Equipped with a strong conviction of Who is inside of you directing your steps, you can be that person of strength and confidence to lead others.
Theodore Roosevelt, the colorful and popular president of the United States of America during 1901-1909, overcame extreme physical limitations during his youth to become an icon of strength and confidence. As he grew up, he not only developed his body to overcome asthma but developed a deep belief in God and moral integrity. As an adult, that passion exuded confidence and gave him the courage to make decisions and come against vice and corruption in spite of previous long standing complacency inside the political ranks and administration.
From the famous Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "In the Arena," this paragraph on courageous leadership gives us a perspective on the joy of simply leading wherever we are without thought to the critics, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Workplace leaders are in the arena to mirror the confidence of God.
Matthew 5:16 [Amplified] "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven."
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, http://www.Grandmastreasuresonline.com. Currently, she oversees the marketing for the FMIN Workplace Leaders Network and is on staff at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.
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