Being Confident is Simply Controlling Fear

Anyone who has ever faced the prospect of leading a team and being introduced to public speaking may have gone through a spectrum of emotions that ranged from worry to extreme fear. Being given the harness of leadership can be nerve-wrecking as it exposes us to the scrutiny of many. Of course, this tends raise our apprehension levels. It is important to understand that this fear, worry, doubt and anxiety is what the best leaders have used and will continue to use in order to progress.

One of the best examples of this type of leader is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln was unarguably the walking definition of leadership during his term. However, Honest Abe was not exactly born with the leadership qualities that would later make him one of the greatest leaders of America. He did not have a privileged upbringing and even as a young boy he had to quit school to work to help support his family.

Answering the Call

On top of that, Lincoln was an introvert. He began his career as a laborer, then taught himself to read and write, later becoming a lawyer through self-study. He could have made a decent living as an attorney serving in the countryside but the political chaos and oppression that occurred during his time spurred him to action. The call to become an advocate for the oppressed pushed the introverted Lincoln to learn how to be more confident and take up the cause that would later make him one of the most admired and imitated leaders of all time.

As an adult and working man, Lincoln suffered enough setbacks that would have conquered a lesser man. He lost his job, suffered many defeats and loses, failed in business, lost his sweetheart and reportedly even experienced a nervous breakdown. Through it all, Lincoln persevered and never gave up. In fact, if there was one phrase that would accurately describe Lincoln's fighting style in life, it would be that he never gave up.

Choose Your words wisely and Inspire Respect

His leadership qualities also became apparent once he entered politics. Lincoln was a reliable man who stood by his word, regardless of how unpopular it made him to people. Lincoln did however decide to quit politics after he made clear his strong opposition to the country's war with Mexico. He later returned to join the fray once again when the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was passed allowing slavery.

The soft-spoken Lincoln then became an orator, participating in a number of public speaking engagements and debates. This served to further show off his gift for harnessing the power of words. With his quiet confidence and calm demeanor, Lincoln inspired respect among his listeners. He chose his words carefully, speaking slowly but with deliberateness of purpose. Not only did this showed off his intelligence, but also his compassion, empathy and integrity.

Accept  Weaknesses and Improve Strengths

The force that was Abraham Lincoln was created not because of formidable vocal power. In fact, he was not even remotely a loud man. His reputation, in fact, was built on the part of his being that inspired trust. Although he rallied behind people, he provided direct management of important matters. Without question he willingly shared blame for failures but also shared credit for successes. Lincoln showed respect, humility and self-awareness through it all. For that, he encouraged firm loyalty among his followers and supporters.

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