We, as professional women, are expected to express self-confidence in business, which is not always an easy feat for many of us. That’s because building self-esteem is a lifelong journey.
Today, blogs, articles, and training also suggest we need to have more “swagger”—you know, like men do. This is especially encouraged if we want to be listened to and respected by both genders at work.
Are being confident and having swagger one and the same? Or does swagger for women elicit that dreaded “B” word instead? With so many mixed messages, it’s hard, at times, to walk that line.
Webster defines self-confidence as “confidence in oneself and one’s power and abilities.” It defines swagger as “to walk in a very confident way.” As I read those definitions and think about career success, I say that as business women we need both. Those qualities, demonstrated well, can evoke positive feelings about a man or a woman.
As we strive to be that self-confident woman with swagger, here’s a description of who she is (and who we should be).
I heard a quote about self-confidence and swagger that sums it all up: “Our body changes our mind, our mind changes our behavior, and our behavior produces our outcomes.” Build on your self-confidence and swagger, and create the kind of personal and business outcomes you deserve!