Have you ever felt that you’re in over your head? Maybe even that if people really knew how much you didn’t know or how unsure you were, they might fire you from your job?
These feelings come up more often than you’d think. Questioning your ability to lead is natural. In fact, it’s one of the most common leadership challenges I run into when coaching executives. This experience is extremely common among leaders in all kinds of roles, but it’s especially common in quickly growing organizations.
It’s so common that psychologists have given it a name: Imposter Syndrome.
It’s that feeling when you’ve found yourself in a role you’re not capable of and everyone is going to find out. You feel desperate to prove them wrong, but also hopeless that any minute now things will crumble to the ground.
But it doesn’t have to be the end. In fact it’s a good sign that you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone into your learning zone. And there are a few things you can do to push completely through.
It’s first important to remember here that all leaders have reached a point where they start to question their abilities.
As leaders of quickly growing organizations, you need to be constantly improving and reinventing yourself to keep up with the competition. It’s normal to feel that you don’t measure up from time to time. The trick is to not let it completely derail your progress.
If you want to learn more about the ways to shift your focus, watch the video or check out the article I wrote for inc.com about the topic.
Need help and motivation to feel up to the challenge?
From time to time, it can be really difficult to push those negative thoughts out of your mind. If that’s the case, let’s set up a call to discuss ways that you can turn these thoughts into productive action. Book a call by clicking here.
“Great leaders don’t need to act tough.
Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.” — Simon Sinek
Bruce “Cheerleader” Eckfeldt
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