Confidence is a moving target. There are times when you, as a leader, feel strong and ready to confront your challenges head on. But in other moments you feel totally overmatched by circumstances and ill-equipped to respond. This is human nature, and every leader — regardless of tenure and talent — experiences a relentless pendulum swing of self-assurance.
I call this drop from high confidence to low “the dip.” Leaders at every level experience their own version of the dip, and its unsettling motion can cause even the most talented ones todisappear in the moments that matter. When the dip lingers, it can trigger a long-lasting funk with secondary consequences.
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