How to strengthen your self-efficacy in the team

Anna Albrecht
April 12, 2023

What does self-efficacy mean anyway?

Self-efficacy is the ability of a person to achieve a desired goal using his or her own abilities. Especially in our fast-paced and often unpredictable working world, it is of particular importance for teams to promote the self-efficacy of individual team members. In this way, the foundation for an agile mindset is laid and long-term success is ensured.

Here you get the soft.fact expert tips on how to strengthen your self-efficacy:

1) Become aware of what is already working

It is important to become aware of your own skills and competences. Accordingly, it is helpful if you set up weekly meetings to celebrate your small and big successes. Appreciation showers, in which you show each other your appreciation, also contribute here to the awareness of your already existing skills.

2) Create opportunities for new learning within the team.

An important aspect of self-efficacy is not only becoming aware of the skills you already have, which are essential to your success. As a team, also make sure to keep learning and expanding your knowledge, whether through training programs, workshops, or targeted on-the-job experiences. This will give you the tools you need to take on new challenges.

3) Set clear goals

Another important factor in building self-efficacy is to have a clear idea of what success looks like for you. So make sure you know what your goals are and what you need to do to achieve them. This will give you a sense of clarity and help give you direction for dealing with new situations.

4) Encourage each other

People with a growth mindset believe that their skills can be developed through learning. By regularly valuing yourself for your hard and soft skills as well as your personal soft facts, not only is your own willingness to grow fostered, but also being accepted leads to greater self-efficacy.

As a team, make sure that you support each other. Psychological safety is also always essential for this. Guidance, advice, the provision of resources and encouraging words can help here. After all, if you know in your team that you have the support of your colleagues and leaders, you will be more likely to believe in your own abilities.

Anna Albrecht
September 1, 2023