Here is the full text and summary of Dr. Karyn Gordon’s talk titled “Why Confidence Is The Secret To Great Leaders At Work & Home” at TEDxRyersonU conference. In this talk, Karyn focuses on the importance of confidence and setting realistic goals in order to become a successful leader. She discusses how a person’s thoughts can dictate their emotions, and how accepting this can help ease anxiety and depression.
Listen to the audio version here:
Have you ever asked yourself, what makes a great leader at work and at home? Now, let’s widen the lens. What makes a great boss, a great manager, a great coach, a great parent, a great friend?
I believe the secret is confidence. Now, when I say the word confidence, what I’m really talking about is an attitude, it’s how we think about ourselves. And how we think about ourselves drives how we feel about ourselves, which drives our behavior. And that’s why confidence is so incredibly important.
We also know that confidence is part of emotional intelligence, and there’s been a lot of research about emotional intelligence and why it’s so incredibly important. I love the quote from Harvard Business Review that says this, emotional intelligence and confidence. Booth, are you ready? Career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship, satisfaction, humor, and happiness. This is the secret sauce. This is the blueprint for success.