You Belong Here
Imposter syndrome makes us feel like frauds, but with self-compassion, community, and focusing on growth over validation, we can recognize our doubts yet boldly pursue our potential.
WRITTEN BY: ADAM DANYAL
That feeling you get, like you’re unworthy of your role and about to be exposed? We’ve all been there. It’s called imposter syndrome, and it’s more common than you think.
Imposter syndrome convinces us we’re frauds - that we don’t truly belong. Our credentials and skills are doubted, even by ourselves. We chalk up achievements to luck and fear being “found out”.
But know this: You do belong. Your skills and potential got you here. Self-doubt may linger, but don’t let it win. You have so much more to offer.
See imposter syndrome for what it is - your inner critic distorting reality. Don’t dwell on who you’re not. Instead, focus on who you are becoming. Remind yourself of past wins and all you’ve overcome. Your journey shows you have grit.
Share your feelings, too. Vulnerability bonds us. Many respected leaders once felt like imposters. Talking it through makes monsters smaller.
And remember, if challenges feel tough, it means you’re growing. As leaders stretch us, we expand our competence. Difficulties today become strengths tomorrow. Keep going.
When imposter syndrome strikes, reframe your inner dialogue. Instead of “What if they find out I’m a fraud?” ask “How can I add more value?”
Contribute your best, then let go of doubts. Don’t seek validation from others. Know your worth comes from within.
Tune out toxic messages. Surround yourself with encouragers who champion your potential. Their belief will kindle your own.
Most of all, give yourself grace. You’re amazing not in spite of weaknesses but because of how you handle them. Your authentic self is enough.
You belong here. Don’t let imposter syndrome or harsh inner critics steal your joy. Your leadership journey is just beginning. With compassion and courage, keep becoming who you were created to be. The best is yet to come.
From our Leadership Bookshelf:
WRITTEN BY: JULIA DANYAL
Even the most accomplished leaders struggle with imposter syndrome - the sense of being a fraud waiting to be exposed. In “Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life”, executive coaches Lisa Orbé-Austin and Richard Orbé-Austin provide insights on recognizing and overcoming this common self-doubt.
Remember you're not alone. Nearly 70% of people experience imposter feelings at some point. Recognizing its prevalence can provide relief.
Build a community of encouragers. Mentors and peer support can reinforce your capabilities when inner critics arise.
Celebrate small wins as proof points. Give yourself credit for achievements; don't chalk it up to luck.
Focus on continual growth. Pursuing challenges expands skills and disproves irrational doubts.
With courage, compassion, and an intentional shift in mindset, imposter syndrome can be overcome. Recognize your leadership journey belongs to you. Don't let self-doubt steal your joy or deter you from pursuing your potential.