Leadership Communication Confidence Is the Chicken & Egg

leadership communication competence leadership communication confidence Nov 20, 2022
Leadership Communication Confidence compared to the Chicken & Egg Paradox

What came first the chicken or the egg? 

A related question that impacts your communication confidence as a leader, is what comes first confidence or competence.

This question is a major part of my new course, The Communication Confidence Bootcamp (the next cohort launches soon).

The chicken-egg conundrum is one of the first paradoxical questions we learn in elementary school.

As you might imagine, scientists are actually working it.

Here's a quote from a blog article from www.Science.org of the Australian Academy of Science.

"...the question is something of a false dichotomy. Eggs certainly came before chickens, but chicken eggs did not — you can’t have one without the other. However, if we absolutely had to pick a side, based on the evolutionary evidence, we’re on Team Egg."

Your leadership confidence and competence is very similar to the chicken and egg paradox, which comes first?

I'm going to suggest that confidence comes first.

The reason is that you've been communicating your entire life and we can look for experiences where you've had success to generate the confidence to trigger and put something in motion called the Confidence-Competence Spiral. The Spiral can be applied to any skill and works exceptionally well for your leadership communication.


From there, we begin working on specific communication competencies to practice and implement. The more you practice, implement, and have success, then learn from those experiences your confidence builds, creating an upward Confidence-Confidence Spiral.

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