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Feeling Confident at Work: 10 Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Feeling Confident at Work: 10 Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Feeling confident at work is important. Confidence is an important quality for success in any area of life, but it can be especially important in the workplace. When you feel confident, you are more likely to take risks, speak up in meetings, and advocate for yourself. You are also more likely to be seen as a leader and to be promoted. 


If you are struggling with confidence at work, there are a few things you can do to boost your self-esteem.

Here are 10 tips:

  1. Be kind to yourself. The most important thing you can do to build confidence is to be kind to yourself. This means accepting your flaws and mistakes, and giving yourself credit for your accomplishments. It means taking time to recognise the things that you are good at.
  2. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. As I say above, a good first step to building confidence is to know your strengths but also recognise that we all have some weaknesses. Think about the things you good at and also think about what you enjoy doing? Once you have a good understanding of your strengths, you can start to focus on developing them. Think about the positive things before you think about areas of weakness that you could begin to make a plan to work on.
  3. Set realistic goals for yourself. Setting realistic goals is another great way to strengthen your confidence. When you achieve a goal, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and makes you feel more capable. Start by setting small, achievable goals and then gradually work your way up to larger goals.
  4. Ask for feedback. One of the best ways to improve your confidence is to ask for feedback from your colleagues and supervisors. This feedback can help you identify areas where you are already doing well and then areas where you need to improve. Choose people you know are likely to be fair in their response. And again always ask about the positive first.
  5. Take on challenges. If you want to build confidence, it is good to step outside of your comfort zone and take on challenges. This doesn’t mean that you have to do something that you are afraid of, but it does mean that you should try new things and stretch yourself.
  6. Dress for success. The way you dress can have a big impact on your confidence. When you feel good about the way you look, you are more likely to feel confident. So, take some time to put together a professional wardrobe that makes you feel good. Don’t be afraid though to express your own style.
  7. Speak up in meetings. It can be intimidating to speak up in meetings, but it is a great way to build confidence. When you speak up, you are showing that you are knowledgeable and that you have something to contribute. Make sure you are well briefed on the issue then take a deep breath and gofor it.
  8. Learn to be assertive. Learning to assertive is another important good step towards building confidence. When you are assertive, you are able to stand up for yourself and your beliefs without being aggressive. This is an important skill in the workplace, as it allows you to advocate for yourself and your ideas.
  9. Celebrate your successes. When you achieve a goal, take some time to celebrate your success. This will help you to focus on your accomplishments and to feel good about yourself.
  10. Don’t compare yourself to others. It is easy to compare yourself to others, but this can be a major confidence killer. Everyone is different, so it is important to focus on your own strengths and accomplishments.


Building confidence takes time and effort, but it is worth it. When you feel confident, you are more likely to be successful in your career and in your life. So, start following these tips today and see how your confidence grows. I hope this blog post is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions. And I would be very happy to help you work on developing confidence at work.

Wendy Mason Smith is a Life Coach, Career Coach, Writer and Mentor to some very special people. You can contact her, book a free coaching session, or find out more by phoning her at 44 (0) 7867681439 or emailing

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link


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