Claire Shipman is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News.
She is the co-author, with Katty Kay, of two New York Times bestsellers. "The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance—and What Women Need to Know," is an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. "Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better," addresses how today's women's management style is ideally suited for the 21st century business world as it produces more profitable companies with happier employees.
Both Katty and I were most surprised at the fact that women routinely underestimate themselves. We didn’t really think the numbers on that would be so solid. I think we were also surprised that there is a genetic component to confidence. Some people really are born with a propensity to be more confident. It’s annoying!
What does it mean to be professionally confident?
It means that you are not afraid of risk and failure. It means you are willing to be less than perfect, in order to grow.
Is there a difference between being aggressive and being confident?
Absolutely. Being aggressive is a behavioral style. Being confident is evaluating the situation, and deciding that you are willing to act because you believe you can affect change. Confidence can be quite quiet and calm.
What is the first step to building your confidence?
Self-awareness. It’s critical that you become aware of your internal dialogue. Are you ruminating? Are you striving for perfection? Are you telling yourself not to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone? In the course of writing this book, for example, I came to see what a die-hard perfectionist I am, and how much that inhibits confidence. Once I understood what I was doing, it became easier to change it. Not that I’ve fully morphed into a devil-may-care risk-taker, by any means. But when I find myself hesitating or stewing, I can stop that process and move on much more easily.
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