During these shaky economic times, it's difficult to feel confident about anything, not least your work; but it's your job as a manager to take the lead. This is easier said than done. Many of us have a low "confidence quotient" and don't feel particularly charismatic.
Ros Taylor, author of Confidence at Work, argues that exceptional leaders display certain qualities that make others listen, and these are all rooted in the amount of personal energy they possess. Energetic people are open, enthusiastic, extrovert, self-confident and have a desire to be in charge. The challenge, therefore, is to generate and increase your personal energy, raising it to a charismatic level and then communicating that quality in behaviour.
Unfortunately, it's not just a matter of tweaking things. It's about "loving what you do, having a mission to get things done and therefore leading a meaningful existence", as Taylor writes. Working for a charity means you've probably got more chance than most to achieve this. Whether or not you can sum up sufficient amounts of energy to be as inspiring as Richard Branson on a Monday morning is something else. Double espresso, anyone?
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today