However, I’ve devised strategies to counteract these self-deprecating thoughts:
Act like a detective. Compile tangible proof of your leadership abilities. If someone has told you that you’ve done a good job, or that they look to you for leadership – that’s evidence you’ve earned your title.
Recognizing and addressing your weak points can be a confidence booster. Working on self-improvement, even in small increments, can make a big difference in squashing imposter syndrome.
Engage with Fellow Leaders:
Sharing struggles, discussing challenges, and even delving into the nuances of imposter syndrome with peers helps in grounding oneself. It reinforces the idea that you, too, belong at the leadership table.
The reality is, imposter syndrome isn’t selective. Whether you’re a consultant, a parent, a partner, or even a Little League team’s coach, it can cast its shadow. But awareness is half the battle. Recognize it, call it out, and then apply strategies like those I’ve shared today to navigate through it.
Remember, battling imposter syndrome isn’t just about silencing self-doubt. It’s about evolving into resilient leaders, the kind that people genuinely wish to follow.
Listen to the full episode on imposter syndrome here.