27 Focused Questions to Boost Your Clients' Confidence! | By Delaney Tosh CPCC, PCC April 5, 2018 Reading Time: 2 min 35 sec Share95Tweet4Share31Pin35165 Shares When you have a client stepping into a new leadership role or taking on new challenges, they may doubt their capabilities or feel their confidence flag. Clients can also get confused about how to be more confident. This isn't surprising. First, there are several dimensions to confidence. Second, there are several myths about how to become confident. Fortunately there is a fresh abundance of research from several angles, such as neuroscience and psychology, to point us in a direction more likely to actually enhance confidence. A Few Fun Facts From the Research About Confidence: Things that POSITIVELY Impact our Confidence: Connection to our foundational values Ability to disarm our inner critic and engage our inner sage Externalizing failures Engaging a growth mindset Taking calculated risks Embracing failure as part of the journey Working towards mastery versus perfection Being in action This is great news for coaches as it's typically the foundation of our work with clients! And things that NEGATIVELY Impact our Confidence: Pessimistic outlook Listening to our inner-critic and letting self-doubt lead the way Perfectionism Poor self-awareness (about our values, our beliefs, our habits) Over-reliance on external praise Internalizing failures Risk avoidance This is also great news as we also work with our clients to reframe and find new, more positive approaches in these areas! Here are 27 Questions to Boost Your Clients' Confidence! The following questions can help clients explore and accept themselves, help them develop their internal compass and master their leadership presence. Some of these questions are better suited as enquiries for clients to consider over time, and some are great to explore in conversation and can be tweaked as needed as you dance in the moment with your client. Visioning What is the vision you hold for yourself? What is the vision you hold for this new role/project/challenge? Inner Resources (Critic & Sage) Who are you when you give yourself full permission? What inner critic messages are you listening to and letting hold you small? What does your inner sage know to be true? What would be different if you chose to listen to/believe/honour your inner sage? Beliefs and Values If you were to let go of X belief, what might be possible? What new perspectives could you explore/stand in/engage in? How will you amplify your core value of X today? Which values can you draw on as you meet this challenge? Strengths and a Success Mindset If you absolutely believed that all of life was organized around your success, what would your decision/action be? Where do you hesitate? What strengths can you draw on? What is it to have a growth mindset? What can you trust about yourself (regardless of external praise)? How would you grow if this succeeded? Taking Risks, Learning from Mistakes What feels like a risk here? What is a calculated risk you could take? What if you failed? What if this plan failed? How would you grow if this failed? What is your set-back plan? What do you want to learn here? What are you willing to learn? Thinking Self as Capable and Reframing What are you most pleased with about your contribution? How can you reframe this? What will you take from this going forward? In Conclusion Confidence is linked to being able to quickly assess, learn from and move past failures, to leaning into mastery rather than perfectionism, and to fostering a positive self-concept of our capabilities even when challenged. These above questions are only a few examples that can support clients in boosting their confidence. As you work with clients on confidence enhancement, keep in mind that the research points to confidence being strongly linked to doing. The best doing is being in action - then learning from the outcomes. The research also shows that whatever you put your attention on grows, so consider how you can help your client focus their thinking on: Their values Their strengths Their wins Their learning Envisioning successes Thinking of self as capable This is the basis of your roadmap for helping your clients enhance confidence. Contributing author: Delaney Tosh, CPCC, PCC, coaches women who want to lead with confidence and be agents of change. She helps her clients embrace their unique strengths to lead from inspiration, intuition, inclusion and interrelation. Her clients tend to have a streak of independence and a strong desire to learn and lead in innovative ways. Delaney has an insatiable appetite for research and is in her element when distilling that research into actionable tactics that you can find more of by signing up for her newsletter here: SquarePeg Leadership. Connect with Delaney on Linkedin here >> If you liked this article on confidence and leadership, you may also like: 7 Ways You can Help Leaders Enhance Their Confidence | By Delaney Tosh 10 Thought Provoking Questions to Grow Your Leadership in Life & Work! | by Fran Fisher, MCC How to Use Group Coaching To Enhance Leadership Development | By Jennifer Britton Categories: Building Self-Esteem, Business Coaching, Career Coaching, Coaching, Coaching Inspiration, Coaching Questions, Coaching Tips, Executive Coaching, Gremlins & Inner Critics, Guest Author, Leadership, Leadership Coaching, Maximising Effectiveness, Raising Awareness, Reframing, Values Image of Client Confidently Shattering Concrete by Sergey Nivens via Shutterstock 4 Comments Amal April 8, 2018 Beautiful articles, I questions make you think deeper and explore the beauty and the strength of people and what makes them unique and special...I love it Reply Emma-Louise April 9, 2018 Dear Amal, I am so glad you liked this article. I am sure Delaney will love to hear this too 🙂 Thank-you for taking the time to comment. Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Eric Michot April 7, 2019 What a wonderful read, thank you for sharing this insightful perspective, greatly appreciated! Eric Reply Krysta Fox November 4, 2019 Really appreciate your generosity in sharing this Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.