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Small Acts of Leadership by G. Shawn Hunter

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Chapter 1 Believe in Yourself

The respect and regard we have for ourselves is our self- esteem. The strength of our belief in our abilities to accomplish our goals and achieve our potential is our self- efficacy.1 These are two different things, and without self-efficacy, we are likely to fail in leading others. When we have a strong sense of self-efficacy, we take deeper interest in and make a greater commitment to our activities, we view challenges to be mastered, and we recover quickly from setbacks and pitfalls.

It’s easy to think we don’t know what we’re doing, that those around us have a better handle on the situation and are more competent. But often that’s not the case—often everyone is in the same boat, looking for a captain. By believing ...

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