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Don't Let Imposter Syndrome Block your Leadership Potential

Do you ever feel like an imposter?

Like the more you excel, the more risk there is that people will find out that you don’t actually know what you’re doing, and that they can't actually trust you and your capabilities.

Or maybe you’ve just started a new role, and wondered how you got there, cause you definitely didn’t feel like you deserved it.

It's a terrible feeling, I know.

I’ve definitely felt it myself at many points throughout my life.

Imposter Syndrome. It’s much more common than you think.

According to the International Journal Of Behavioural Science, an incredible 70% of professionals feel like an imposter in their workplace. In fact, the majority of high-achieving millennials experience imposter syndrome on a regular basis.

And here you thought you were the only one.

In my opinion, one of the worst consequences is the detrimental effect it has on your leadership potential.

So read on for my 4 tips to help keep this little voice inside your head in check!

Focusing on objective facts rather than clouded emotions

Quite often, we let our emotions cloud our logic. The next thing you know, we've started these crazy counterproductive habits and ideas that we carry with us throughout our career, and for some, all the way up to senior leadership.

Thoughts like:

  • I constantly have to work harder than others in order to just 'keep up'.

  • I must be perfect in order for others to approve of me.

  • Keeping up appearances is more important than how I feel inside.

Now, these thoughts are EMOTIONAL in nature. As they are driven by emotions such as fear, pressure, anxiety, or nervousness. And these are attached to the presumed negative outcomes of failure and judgment.