Ask any individual what they admire about a leader and invariably their description will include “confidence”. People love to be around those that exude confidence. Confidence is the trait that appears to trump all else when leaders are evaluated (and conversely, as I learned far too often during my dating years, “nice guys finish last”). This makes sense – after all, who wants to follow, or date, someone who is unsure of themselves? I recall a recent quote from a tech CEO where he said that he values most in candidates creativity, cleverness and confidence.