132: Susan M. Barber: Building Your Confidence As A Leader

What is the biggest challenge new leaders face and how do you overcome it? Our guest today is no stranger to leadership and moving up the corporate ladder with confidence.

Susan M. Barber is an Executive Leadership Coach with more than 20 years experience as an Information Technology and Leadership Executive. In our interview, she shares the keys to gaining visibility and credibility within an organization, and how to promote yourself without appearing boastful.

She further explains the difference in how women approach self-promotion vs men, and how women can improve their position at the negotiating table, including excellent questions to ask during a job interview / promotion opportunity in order to establish you as the best candidate for the role.

Great insights for new leaders as well as established leaders who feel like they’re not yet optimizing their leadership capacity, and want to build their confidence as a leader.

Key Takeaways

1) Be authentic, know your value, and come to the table ready to share your expertise and insights.

2) Find ways to promote yourself and your team, without seeming boastful.

3) Pay attention to what’s happening around you, who is moving up, and what you can learn from them, while maintaining your authenticity.

4) During an interview, ask “What does success look like in this role?”

5) Ask for what you want.

Favorite Quote

“Is there anything else that I could share with you today that would allow you to see that I’m a good fit for this job?”

Free Resource

Top 10 Ways To Gain Visibility

Susan Barber Bio

Susan Barber is an Executive Leadership Coach with 20+ years as an Information Technology and Leadership Executive.

She left her corporate career to start her own business as an Executive Coach with a focus on helping leaders and their teams reach their potential.

She partners with business professionals to accelerate their results by building confidence, enhancing their leadership skills and finding their authentic voice.

She is passionate about helping women position themselves for success and reach their potential.  Susan believes in personal development and the power of connections.

She started the “Creating Leadership Connections” Facebook Group to bring leaders together to share ideas, ask for help and learn from each other.

Connect with Susan Barber Online


Facebook Group: www.creatingleadershipconnections.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.lynchbarber

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanbarbercoaching

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanMBarber

Susan M Barber - Confidence As A Leader