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How to act like a confident leader (when you aren't)

Confidence is both a trait you are born with and something you develop over time. If you recently moved into a senior leadership role but feel like you lack the confidence to succeed, pay attention to these three tips:

1. Over prepare for every meeting 
One of the easiest ways to look more confident than you actually are is to prepare a lot for any meeting or project. After all, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to feeling confident when leading your team. You want to be well-informed and ready to share key insights with both your superiors and employees. 

2. Evaluate your appearance
If you're not comfortable with your own abilities or role, you may accidentally reflect that lack of confidence in how you dress. On the other hand, you don't want to look showy or try to tone down your appearance to blend in with your coworkers or employees. While every company is different, it's important to set yourself apart from those you lead, even in how you dress. If you look the part, your confidence will not be far behind. 

3. Don't be afraid of your weaknesses and strengths
Everyone has certain weaknesses, but you cannot let them define you. It can be far too easy to give into self-doubt if you lack confidence in your leadership abilities and pay too much attention to your shortcomings. Instead, own your strengths and remind yourself daily that you are a strong and capable leader. 

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