How to Be More Confident at Work in 21 Steps


In the nearly ten years since Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, there’s been a lot of conversations about how to be more confident in the workplace. However, many employees still struggle with negative self-talk, imposter syndrome, and nagging fears of rejection.


Faith in oneself comes from an inner strength developed through positive reinforcement, discipline, and practice. Unfortunately, no one is born with a golden bag of confidence.


So, if you’re struggling, lean in–here are 21 ways to boost your confidence at the office.

How To Be More Confident

Confidence is a behavior that drives how we interact with the world, our co-workers, our friends, and our family. It’s a tool that influences others to follow and believe in you.

1. Practice Confidence

Ever heard the phrase “fake it til you make it?” Well, there’s some truth to it. While perfection isn’t the goal, practice does lead to high levels of confidence, skill, and ability.

You can speak up, engage with supportive people, and become more confident in safe environments. Try dressing the part, standing tall, smiling, being friendly, and communicating well. Over time you’ll change how you feel about yourself and how others view you.

2. Identify Your Confidence Triggers

Successful, confident people have learned what works for them and what doesn’t. Take a moment to identify your confidence triggers. What makes you feel fabulous? What do you do well?

Surround yourself with the people, activities, and things that make you feel good. Then, focus on what you can control and forget the rest. Confidence-busters serve as distractions and aren’t helpful.

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