Value-based relationships are an important aspect of goal achievement. Relational confidence is the confidence we receive from the direct support of others in specific areas of our lives. For relational confidence to occur, both parties must have a relationship of trust conjoined with identifiable and measurable actions that are aligned with positive and purpose-driven intentions.
In the area of career confidence, relationships that support our professional skills development, career choices, and vision for career advancement are typically associated with mentors, coaches, champions, and sponsors. These individuals may come from within our outside of an organization or industry depending on your goals. And, the roles these individuals play are different and delineate the relational needs of employees at various stages of their career.
The distinct roles of those typically associated with career #relationalconfidence are:
Coach: An individual who assists another with improving specific productivity and performance goals using a range of tools such as assessments, action planning, and resources for soft-skills development.
Mentor: An individual who assists you in managing your career by providing guidance and advice on career choices and career decisions.
Champion: Sometimes used interchangeably with a sponsor; however, this person may not have the power or influence of a sponsor. The champion acts as a motivator, cheerleader, morale booster, and critic. They may provide leads, referrals, and resources.
Sponsor: A senior leader with power and influence who believes in you and advocates publicly and privately on your behalf for jobs, promotions, high visibility projects, and other opportunities leading directly to career advancement.
Confidence building is the active process of increasing your knowledge, skills, and abilities to a level that results in self-trust and belief in the choices and decisions we make, along with an expectation of positive outcomes from the actions we take.
An important part of this development comes through affirming relationships that support and validate the confidence-building process through ongoing cycles of uncertainty and anxiety to reach self-assurance and self efficacy. A key factor in the success of these relationships is the traction gained through more courageous action and continuous forward movement, even when that movement seems to stall, taper off, or falter. The greater the #relationalconfidence, the greater the opportunities to achieve your goals.
The Center For Confidence is currently conducting a survey to better understand if individuals are confident that their career relationships are moving them closer to their career goals.
Relational Confidence Survey: Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XYT9S25
We are within the final 40 days of 2017 and TCFC is providing weekly online tips and tools to help you wrap up and reflect on your current goals.
Reassess your goals and your level of #relationalconfidence. You can do it!
Dr. V. Brooks Dunbar,
Author, DIVA DECISIONS: How to Get from Smart to Intelligent by Claiming Your Power of Choice. Available at: goo.gl/TQKtfR
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