"Shatter the Impostor Within' Unleashing Your Authentic Leader
Updated: Mar 21
As a senior leader, I'm sure you've dealt with imposter syndrome before, even though you've many successes and accomplishments. It's what makes us human. As a senior leader myself, I used to deal with it every day, and as a business owner, I still do on an hourly basis. Sitting in meetings not wanting to look like I didn't know what I was doing. Worrying that someone would find out that I actually couldn't do the job, that they had employed the wrong person. Then, when I finally spoke up, being mad at myself and wishing I had said something else, something smarter, or that I would just become a better communicator overnight. I was always afraid that people were judging me, wondering how I got there, or thinking badly of me. This is a classic case of feeling a fake, an imposter.
Sadly it's never something we can totally overcome, there is unfortunately no magic bullet to banish it overnight, I would be a rich woman if there was, but there are some ways you can work on it as a senior leader while also being authentic and encouraging great performance and creativity in your business.
Know When its 'In Play'
The first step to working on imposter syndrome is to recognise when it's in residence. By realising that you and almost everyone else in the room has feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy, you make space for personal growth and transcendence. Realise that you are not alone on this journey and that all successful people struggle with imposter syndrome.
Accept Your Successes
As a senior leader, it's clear that you've done a lot in your career. Remind yourself of what you've done well and how hard you've worked to get here. Accepting and claiming responsibility for your successes can help you build the confidence you need to fight imposter syndrome. Keep a record of what you've done well and look at it when you start to doubt yourself.
Take care of your heart and soul. Self-compassion is an important part of tackling imposter syndrome. You should be as kind and understanding with yourself as you would be with a friend or coworker who was feeling the same way. Don't forget that everyone makes mistakes, and it's important to learn from them instead of dwelling on what you think are your failures. By being kind to your heart and soul, you'll develop a more positive and resilient way of thinking.
Getting in touch with trusted coworkers, mentors, or coaches can help you get a new perspective on your imposter syndrome feelings and learn important things about them. Sharing your experiences and learning from others can help you feel like you belong and get help, which can help you grow as a person and in your career.
Embrace the Journey
Imposter syndrome can be a persistent problem, but it's important to embrace the journey towards self-acceptance and wholehearted leadership. Know that personal growth is an ongoing process, and be patient with yourself as you go through the ups and downs or even side steps of your career.
Celebrate what makes you different
The spirit of real leadership. Each person brings to the table their own strengths, experiences, and points of view. Accept yourself for who you really are and be proud of the things that make you a good leader. By recognising and appreciating the unique things you bring to the workplace, you'll help make it more open, diverse, and human.
In conclusion, as a senior leader, you can overcome imposter syndrome by recognising it, embracing your accomplishments, practising self-compassion, asking for help, embracing the journey, and celebrating what makes you special. Taking these steps will help you with the self-assurance and honesty you need to do well as a leader.
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