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From Self-Doubt to Success: Embracing Your Leadership Identity Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

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Person Behind a Mask

"I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'" - Maya Angelou.

If even someone as accomplished as Maya Angelou can feel like a fraud, it's no wonder that so many leaders experience impostor syndrome.

Impostor syndrome is a common phenomenon where people doubt their abilities and fear being exposed as a fraud. As a leader, you may feel like you don't deserve your success, or that you're just pretending to know what you're doing. This can hold you back from reaching your full potential.

The good news is that you don't have to let impostor syndrome hold you back. By recognizing that it's a common experience, acknowledging your feelings, and focusing on your strengths, you can overcome impostor syndrome and become the leader you were meant to be.

One common situation where impostor syndrome can arise is during times of change. Whether it's a new job, a new project, or a new team, it's natural to feel like you don't know what you're doing. But remember that everyone experiences a learning curve, and that mistakes are a natural part of the process.

Another situation where impostor syndrome can rear its head is when you receive feedback. While it's natural to want to be perfect, no one is perfect all the time. Instead, view feedback as an opportunity for growth and learning.

Finally, be careful about comparing yourself to others. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everyone else has it all figured out, but the truth is that everyone struggles with self-doubt at some point. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own strengths and accomplishments.

If you're still struggling with impostor syndrome, consider seeking coaching help. A coach can help you reframe failure as an opportunity for growth, and provide support and guidance as you navigate the ups and downs of leadership. Remember, you're not alone in this. With the right mindset and support, you can overcome impostor syndrome and become the leader you were meant to be.

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