Self-Esteem at the Workplace

It is safe enough to observe that self-esteem makes the path to achievement easier and more likely.  And yet a person with low self-esteem may manage to accomplish a good deal if they are highly intelligence, achievement-orientated and tenacious.  What will be missing in this person’s life is the ability to enjoy what has been achieved.  Nothing ever feels like enough.  Often this is the key to understanding a workaholic.

Role of Self-Esteem at the Workplace

Self-Esteem at Work

I have already discussed in detail the role self-esteem plays in one’s ability to cope with difficulties and rebound from failure.  The more solid our self-esteem, the more likely we are to persevere in the face of obstacles.  An extraordinarily high number of successful entrepreneurs have two or more bankruptcies in their past.  Self-esteem (and the attributes that come with it) is endemic to professional success.

Let us remember the primary meaning of self-esteem.  It is confidence in the efficacy of our mind, in our ability to think.  By extension, it is confidence in our ability to learn, manage change, and make appropriate choices and decisions.  The survival value of such confidence is obvious; so is the danger when that trust is missing.  Studies of business failure tell us that a common cause is executive fear of making decisions.  But it is not just executives who need trust in their judgment; everyone needs it, and never more so than now.

A modern business can no longer be run by a few people who think and a horde of autonomous drones.  Today, organizations need their employees to have an unprecedented level of independence, self-reliance, self-trust and the capacity to exercise initiative– in brief, the employees must have ample self-esteem.