While there are many ingredients in the recipe for developing as an effective leader, two that provide a healthy percentage of the raw materials for your success include: people’s perception of your self-confidence, and their perception of your ability to clearly articulate yourself. Fail at one or the other, and your road to success is a good deal more treacherous.

Portraying confidence is a tricky issue for some. There’s a fine line between projecting self-confidence and being perceived as cocky or arrogant. Also, don’t pressure yourself into believing that people will only perceive you as confident if you showcase that you know the answer to every question. No one loves a know-it-all.

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