Many high-performing professionals feel anxious and unsure of their abilities, even though they have worked hard and been successful in their careers. They may feel like imposters, like they don’t really deserve their accomplishments and are just lucky to be where they are. This phenomenon is known as impostor syndrome.
“Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud.’ impostor remain convinced that they are not as competent as others perceive.
Many leaders experience this and find it a hindrance to their success. As an executive leadership coach, I believe these seven strategies will be a great start to overcoming impostor syndrome:
Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses: Instead of dwelling on what you can’t do or what you’re not good at, focus on your strengths and the skills and abilities that helped you succeed. This will help build confidence and self-esteem.
Learn how to validate your achievements: It is important to recognize and acknowledge your own accomplishments, rather than downplaying or dismissing them. Take time to reflect on your successes and the hard work and effort that went into achieving them.
Let go of perfectionism: Perfectionism can be a major source of stress and self-doubt. Instead of striving for perfection, focus on doing your best and accept that mistakes are a natural part of the learning and growth process.
Cultivate self-compassion: Be kind and understanding to yourself, and remember that everyone makes mistakes and has moments of doubt. Practice self-compassion by acknowledging your own humanity and treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer a good friend.
Overcome the fear of failure: The fear of failure can be a major obstacle to success. Instead of letting fear hold you back, see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Remember that failure is a natural part of the learning and growth process and can often lead to eventual success.
Start taking ownership of your successes: Instead of minimizing or dismissing your accomplishments, embrace them and be proud of your accomplishments. Remember that you deserve credit for your hard work and effort, and start sharing your successes with others.
Hire a coach or become coachable: If you find that you can’t do the job yourself, it’s best to ask for help. A coach can help you identify and overcome the underlying causes of impostor syndrome, and provide support and guidance as you work to build confidence and self-esteem. Alternatively, you can become coachable by actively seeking feedback and learning opportunities, and being open to learning from others.
Impostor Syndrome can be a major obstacle to success and fulfillment, but it is possible to overcome it. By acknowledging how you feel, you can take the first steps towards owning your identity as a successful leader.
Leading from within: As successful leaders, we must remember that the impostor in you is afraid of being exposed as an impostor, despite evidence that you are more than competent.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions based on a specific set of values and traits. But over time, every leader reaches a point where their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches in the world. His vast cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As Founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is designed to be a catalyst for leaders who want to improve their performance and make a meaningful difference in their business, their lives, and the world.
Among Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was named Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. magazine. The Huffington Post awarded Lolly the title of The most inspiring woman in the world. His writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and others. His latest book, The Leadership Gap: What’s Between You and Your Greatness? became a national bestseller.