It is a well known leadership issue: “Imposter Syndrome” Many leaders struggle with this, especially if you are newly promoted. Essentially, you feel like you are “faking” it. Maybe you were just in the right place at the right time and hadn’t earned this new role.
Research has shown that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70% of professionals feel this at some point in their career. If you have felt this, you are in good company with the likes of Tom Hanks, Emma Stone, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Facebook President Sheryl Sandberg.
The good news is, if you are a high achiever you are most likely to feel this way. I say good news, as high achievers are most liable to have “earned” the promotion and the chances are that you are being too hard on yourself.
FastCompany | The Imposter Syndrome Is Undermining Your Leadership Role
Psychology Today | The Imposter Syndrome In Progressive Leaders
HBR | Everyone Suffers From Imposter Syndrome – Here’s How to Handle It
CJ | Stuart McLean – A Career With Legacy
TED | Dena Simmons: How To Confront Impostor Syndrome
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