Honing Your Confidence 3

Honing Your Confidence 3


Welcome to another feature of our series ‘Honing your Confidence’. Over the past two features, we’ve unpacked the importance of staying rooted in our identities, the building and maintaining valuable relationships. If you haven’t already, please have a look at our previous features.

This week we have Mrs Ade Azeez, who is an accomplished business leader and board executive with over 30 years of experience. She is passionate about the socio-economic development of women and is one of the founding members of WIMBIZ (Women in Management, Business and Public Service).

She serves as an amazing example to many young women who want to create space not only for themselves but for others. It’s an honour to hear her perspective given that she’s been an amazing example in my life personally, of what it means to use your voice and leave a mark.

What does confidence mean to you?

What confidence means to me is to have the assurance of who I am, my capabilities and my worth. Gaining confidence comes through a lifelong process of self-discovery, self-improvement, hard work and resilience.

 How did you gain confidence in your industry?

I spent time learning and doing. And I put myself out there. Built valuable relationships, and worked very hard until I became who I am today. The point is that you gain confidence by being confident. I played to my strengths and channelled those strengths to my work and industry.

 What advice will you give to those struggling to develop their skills in their chosen industry?

To function in an industry, you must develop the necessary skills. If you are struggling, I would say carry out a self-audit and evaluate yourself to see if you are in the right field. If you are, find mentors in your industry that can help you navigate the industry. Read voraciously about your industry. Identify the knowledge gap and close it. If anyone wants to leave a mark in the sands of time, such a person must get up, fold their sleeves and get to work!

How have you positioned yourself to aim for the best in what you do?

I am a woman of faith, and I love people. Networking is perhaps one of my best skills. I discovered early in life that people are the greatest assets in life. I have learnt to cultivate relationships and make the most of them. Also, I work hard. I always ensured that I was proactive. I don’t wait for needs to arise, no! I envisage them and act appropriately. Finally, I am a lifelong learner.

Hearing her journey really is a reminder to us to rise above and choose to stand up. Becoming a leading figure in your respective field is developed over time. We have to be willing to honour humble beginnings and steward every season appropriately.

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