How to become a confident leader

“Ask yourself, would I follow me?”

Leadership is about bringing positive changes and influencing others to achieve goals. Self-confidence is necessary for leadership because it helps assure members that things are under control. A lot of people are natural born leaders while others struggle to be a confident leader. But, I believe you can discipline yourself to become a confident leader.

Basic ingredient for a leader is confidence. Confidence is a driving force to making decisions appropriately, to have thick skin and accept criticism, and lead his/her goals. So how does one become confident if they are not born with it? Embracing change and uncertainty, owning your strengths and weaknesses, and not giving in to self-doubt.

From my personal experience it was training of my own thoughts. I had to tell myself “I can do it, I am a leader, I can be confident.” I embraced my strengths and worked on my weaknesses to become a better version of myself. You become the person you want to be when you are struggling and there is pressure. Can’t become complacent in life. Always look to become better and never settle.

Key traits of a manager and leader

In R&D Management, it is about product development and the outcome and result of the ‘product.’ But before we can bring the result of a product we need to have a plan (scope) to have a ‘vision’, ‘goals’ and direction of the project as well as possible setbacks. Both managers and leaders go hand in hand but they are not the same thing, they are complementary. In Gillette’s R&D management course, I learned that the difference between leadership and managers is that leaders have vision and managers carry out the vision. “A successful business owner needs to be both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them toward their vision of success. Leadership is about getting people to understand and believe in your vision and to work with you to achieve your goals”


Some key traits of a strong leader are:

  • Honest and integrity
  • Vision: know where you are, where you want to go
  • Anticipate and be ready for the unknown and ability to challenge

Key traits of a strong manager are:

  • To be able to execute a vision
  • People focused
  • And establish rules, processes, and standards


As shown, each person has their own set of responsibilities that complement one another. A business cannot succeed without one or the other.






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How Technology Challenges A leader

The rising use of technology can challenge leaders to accomplish their goals. Technology is ever changing and these challenges can help shape a leader to be proactive and to anticipate. Leadership is about vision and change and it requires leaders to be fluent in new technology both the tech but also the culture and norms of new communication technology.

Leaders provide order in chaos, but technology is always changing:

Aspects of good leadership, are communication and fluid thinking. It is not enough to know how to navigate the road in front of you but must also know where you are going and why. A good leader must have vision enough to recognize the risk and threats yet, still keep moving forward adjusting obstacles.

Using technology is a new learning task that dominates our time:

Good leaders will use whatever technology is available to them to advance their mission but all the while, learn the new technologies that are rising. Never stop learning. As technology increases, knowing what information is relevant and what is not is key of a leader.

It’s not just about technology:

It is also the gaining of new skills and learning different ways of working.

It is hard to keep up with changes in technology but change challenges leaders to challenge themselves to keep on learning and staying knowledgeable.



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Success Factors in R&D Projects R2.2

According to Dr. Gillette, “in management we look for results, and projects should result in delivering the products.” R&D management is about product development. The outcome and result is a “product.” The R&D managers have a wide range of responsibilities from managing people, relationships, projects, and other departments. It is not an easy task to manage projects when you have time, pressures, budget, and human conflicts to consider however with project scope, team support, and communication as a guideline, managers can better assess their projects.

When planning and schedule your project, it should entail project scope. What you would hope to accomplish in set area. To see how big or small the project will be. In the scope you want to have clarity of goals and the general directions. Create and deliver something of value.

Next teamwork, a team comprises of three or more people who may come from different departments but collaborate together to achieve a set goal or project. According to Dr. Gillette, a team is effective because a team can make a performance greater than the sum of individual parts. They have a common purpose, goal, and approach.

Lastly, communicating and listening with clients. No news does not necessarily mean good news. You have to touch base with the clients so both parties are on the same page and client can provide feedback if necessary. Should include status updates, schedule communication (when are you delivering what) and if scope of work has changed.

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