Career-wise, is it more important to be smart or confident?

An interesting consideration

Fortune

MPW Insider Network is one of several online communities where the biggest names in business answer timely career and leadership questions. This week, we ask: Career-wise, is it more important to be smart or confident? The following is an answer by Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network.

One has to be both smart and confident in order to have a successful career.

But it’s my experience that smart, as we traditionally define it, is “table stakes.” Did you do well in school? Can you analyze the spreadsheet? Can you pull together the proposal? Congratulations, you’re smart enough.

But, confidence — well, that’s the golden ticket. People are drawn to confidence; people are drawn to over-confidence. The spell of over-confidence is so great that we fall under its spell, according to an article in New York magazine, even after the person has demonstrated that their confidence in themselves is ill-placed.

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