Updated: Nov 11
As the driving force behind an artistic business, you are a leader, passion pursuer, and CEO all rolled into one. There are times when things don’t go your way and you experience a loss of confidence. You lose sight of the qualities that you bring to each situation you encounter, or worse yet, you forget how to be successful. You might forget what fantastic abilities belong to you, and what you have accomplished to get you to where you are now.
If this has happened to you, take a look at my…
6 valuable CEO level qualities that you have forgotten about yourself
1. You are social media savvy. You spend hours online building your brand. You are always looking for ways to promote your products, and finding the time to educate others on social media. You put in good time, and the stats are there to prove it.
2. Proposal/ Report writing. You can write a good report, proposal, or business plan. A good judge of this is whether you have ever won a grant, or award as a result of explaining your position in writing. Communicating with words is not an easy thing to do, let alone communicate and have others affirm that they have understood you. To write in a manner that ensures you are understood takes effort, so kudos to you on your literary skills!
3. Second languages. Do you speak any other languages? Why not connect with those markets? I recommend Spanish and Cantonese/ Mandarin as great places to start.
4. Self-starting or ambitious. 80% of success is showing up. The early bird gets the worm. I am sure you have heard all of the sayings. Do you take initiative? Are you proactive in your work ethic? Do you ever work on projects past midnight? If so, these things have brought you to a point in your life where you have a track record of consistent delivery. You should take inventory of this!
5. Use of technology. You use tablets and smartphones everyday proving an awareness of new technology. This awareness is an excellent quality to have, because there are still industries that have yet to embrace these advancements. Staying current, or even ahead of these other industries sets you ahead of the pack.
6. Outside experiences. Have you spent time in other industries? This experience gives perspective and increased connections. You know more people as a result of your time spent in other industries, and as a result you can find solutions by thinking outside of the box more readily. It is proven that lifelong learners change as they grow, and that definitely includes you.
When you find something that you are proud of yourself for exemplifying; recognize it! Write it down, or even take a selfie. Do whatever you can to remind yourself of it, so that you don’t forget again! Because, believe me, life will bring more experiences where your confidence will be threatened to be lost… but it will be easier to recover if you can find a reminder of how great you truly are.
Thanks for reading.
Source: Hawley, Casey. 100 winning answers to the toughest interview questions. Barrows Third edition. 2015