This is a common reason for this is imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome, by definition, is when an individual lacks confidence in their skills, capabilities, and contribution towards accomplishments. Along with the internal fear that this will be exposed.
For a Leader heading into their first Leadership role, imposter syndrome is statistically common and is more intense due to the Executive’s pressure levels.
It’s vital to deal with imposter syndrome. Otherwise, you risk:
– Ignoring feedback, and therefore, not learning from it.
– Not putting yourself forward for opportunities.
When leaders feel imposter syndrome, they tend to put on a brave face to both those around them in and out of the workplace rather than deal with it. This approach will lead to burnout.
Therefore, if you are a Leader feeling symptoms of imposter syndrome, then try the following:
– Get to know other Leaders within your organisation more personally. You will learn that this is something they have dealt with or are dealing with yourself.
– Get out of that “I must know everything” mind frame. The only person expecting you to know everything is yourself.
– Be open and vulnerable to feedback. Gain more confidence in what you are doing well, learn lessons, and strengthen any gaps in your insecurities.
– Ask questions. As mentioned, no one expects you to know everything. The more questions you ask, the better you can handle challenges, widen your knowledge and have a collaborative work approach.
– Positive self-talk. When you notice a negative thought regarding your capabilities, make a conscious effort to replace it with a positive aspect of why you are in your role.
– Be honest with those around you. Encourage reassurance on your progress and the value you bring to the organisation through your role.