*Self-efficacy* is the belief in one's competence to produce expected results. Research shows self-efficacy is highly correlated with self-direction and leadership. And, most importantly, self-efficacy can be developed.

Effective application of three mental tools (often unconscious tools with which you are already equipped) develop self-efficacy, self-direction, and leadership. Each of these mental tools can be brought into clearer consciousness and exercised like a muscle so that you become increasingly effective and confident in your abilities to lead yourself and others. And each has been widely studied and documented as an important aspect of leadership.

The three keys are intention, awareness, and confront:
* *Intention* means to want, believe, and expect that you will produce an outcome or result. Many models of personal leadership development are built on the power of intention (think of vision or goals, for example).
* *Awareness* means that you examine, know, and understand yourself in relation to others and the environment. Awareness is the first key to change. Developing self-awareness has been, and remains, the number one approach to leadership development.
* The second leading approach to leadership development is progressive challenge, aka, to face or to confront. *Confront* means to be present and centered with one's uncertainty, fear, or anxiety while stretching into new experiences that allow new discoveries and abilities to unfold. Leaders confront impediments and opportunities.

In this session you will learn to access, apply, and develop your mental powers of intention, awareness, and confront. You will learn to combine them to take ownership of opportunities and to break through problems -- so you have more confidence in yourself, and so others will want to follow you.

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About the Speaker(s)

Christopher Avery, "The Responsibility Process guy", is a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they can't change, Christopher realized coping skills are overrated. A better skill is knowing how to apply your innate leadership ability to face and overcome any challenge. That's freeing. Today he supports leaders and leadership teams in generating newfound freedom, choice, and power for themselves and others. How? By advancing the world's first proven how-to approach for understanding, teaching, and taking personal responsibility. A speaker with style and substance, Christopher keynoted the first combined XP Agile Universe conference in 2004, and agile conferences around the world since then. He authored the popular classic "Teamwork Is An Individual Skill" for everyone who wants to be done with bad teams. His new book "The Responsibility Process" offers practices gleaned from twenty-five years of applied research on responsibility-taking and leadership. He's the host of The Leadership Gift Program and its worldwide community of leaders and coaches who are mastering responsibility and producing results that matter. Christopher is the CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc., the leadership development firm. Wondering why so many smart people spend unhappy lives at work, he left a perfectly good job in his mid-twenties to return to school and earn a Ph.D. in organization science from the University of Texas at Austin. Don't call Christopher if you don't want change.