Research suggests that boosting your confidence can boost your career.
I felt like a fraud. I was leading my first meeting back from maternity leave, presenting to a boss I had never met, a new employee and other colleagues who I believed were judging me. I felt dumb, powerless and out of the loop. I fumbled the meeting. I am sure at the time I blamed my lack of practice and sleep, but the root cause was a lack of confidence. This story points to one my biggest career mistakes: not focusing on building my confidence.