November 17, 2015 Articles

The Four Traits of Confidence: Growth Mindset, Courage, Grit, and Self-Compassion

By Amy Kosterlitz

The actress Mae West, known for her sass and savvy, once declared, “A dame who knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.” How true! I love this quote because it sets the stage for my goal in this article: to show women attorneys some of “the ropes” about developing confidence and to inspire them to become bolder.

My decades of experience in law practice and coaching attorneys have shown that genuine self-confidence is critical for success and satisfaction in the legal profession. Yet many attorneys, and women in particular, don’t begin their careers brimming with confidence. The good news is that confidence can be learned.

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