Kasia Lyczkowska, MSc in Psychology in Leadership Development and Coaching is a certified Coach and Counselor working as an Educational and Career Coach at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of a number of articles on leadership development, organizational analysis, and solution-oriented a
Confidence is the most important psychological contributor to performance in our professional and personal life. This book approaches confidence as a skill to be acquired. A mistake many people make in their understanding of how confidence affects them is to believe that it is something that they either have or don't have, and if they don't have it, they will never be able to get it. To the contrary, confidence is a skill that develops with awareness and practice.
The goal of this book is to progressively build your confidence through a combination of initial belief injected by vivid visualization, body language techniques, building on strengths tools, discipline, and self-efficacy. Its six chapters focus on different contributors to confidence. No matter what your current confidence level, the application of each chapter separately or all of them simultaneously, will bring you to the next level of soaring and going for the success you deserve.
I have written this book using research data from few scientific disciplines, such as cognitive, behavioral, organizational and positive psychology. I also used my own and my client’s experiences to bring examples. It intends to be a manual for working professionals, but given that work is just one of the parts of our lives, it can be used for any other aspect: be it at home, on a date or at friend’s picnic. Thus dual meaning of the title: Self-confidence at Work.
It is written in a style that means you can open it and read on almost any page at random. I kept the content mainly to the core aspects of self-confidence, such as body language, goal settings, self-efficacy, self-discipline, internal and external communication and acting from strengths.
Self-confidence at Work will make you more aware of your serving and un-serving thinking patterns, your own non-verbal cues and signals, and will show how to get what you want by developing self-discipline and self-efficacy.
This book isolates and examines each component of self-confidence in simple terms to make it accessible for you.
There will always be those who throw up their hands in claim that the study of self-confidence is just another means by which scientific knowledge can be used to exploit or manipulate. This book however seeks to give you greater insight into self-confidence so that you can have a deeper understanding of yourself, and others. Self-confidence doesn’t happen by default, so understanding how it works make life easier, whereas ignorance promotes fear making you more critical to yourselves and others.
A birdwatcher doesn’t study birds so that he can shoot them down and keep them as trophies. In the same way, the knowledge and skills in self-confidence serve to make your new professional and personal ventures a more exciting experience.