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Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management

Confidence—key to success

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Confidence is one of those things that ebbs and flows. Some people have it, some more and others less. It’s even defined differently by different people. Regardless of how you define it, confidence leads to success.

A recent experience caused me to think about my own confidence level. I realized it had been ebbing. I spent time reflecting and made a few changes that helped significantly. I learned a lot through the process.

Here are three things that will help to build your confidence:

  • Form a support team. Hang out with people who will build you up. Attitudes rub off. The more you’re around people who believe in themselves, the more you’ll see your own potential. Seek out people who will challenge you and make you better.
  • Focus on your strengths. Look for the things you do well. Give yourself credit for your strong points. Build on past successes.
  • Trust yourself. You know what you do well and what you can do better. As you work to build your confidence, believe in your own abilities.

You have a lot to offer. Take confidence in your ability to do great things.


The Product Management Perspective: Confidence is an essential characteristic for product managers. PMs drive the product roadmap, which has a major impact on the overall success of the company. Their confidence is key to creating successful products.

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