Leveraging the Imposter Syndrome

Imposter SyndromeFeel like a fraud? Feel like you’re not smart enough or good enough? According to Lolly Daskal, one of the most sought-after executive coaches in the world, feeling this way is all too common for even the most successful executives and unsurprisingly can be highly destructive to a career. “I have found in my research that 99.1% of high-achieving people suffer from the Imposter Syndrome,” said Daskal in a session of ExecuNet Master Class.

Daskal advised leveraging the imposter within by ceasing all comparisons to others. Instead, she suggests comparing yourself to you. Ask yourself how you can improve upon yesterday; make consistent small steps. “Stop worrying about what others are doing, because that’s a waste of time.”

She also suggested abandoning the notion of perfect. “Perfect does not exist, and if you’re striving for it, you’re planning to fail.” Instead, she advises mastering your skills and become the kind of leader who is always actively learning and growing. “Becoming a great leader doesn’t mean being perfect. It means we live with our imperfections.”

To help you live with your imperfections ask yourself these questions every day:

  1. What is getting in the way of my confidence?
  2. When do I feel like an imposter?
  3. What can I do to master my skills?

To tap into your greatness within, to be the best leader you can be, you’ve got to face these questions and own the answers.

lolly daskalWant help navigating the leadership gap and overcoming what’s holding you back?

Listen to Lolly Daskal in ExecuNet Master Class.  

In this program, Lolly presents the system she uses to help top executives harness the virtues of their leadership styles. She illustrates how leaders embody up to seven different styles, which she calls, archetypes: The Rebel, Explorer, Truth Teller, Hero, Inventor, Navigator, and Knight— each with powerful attributes. However, these archetypes also contain hidden gaps that cause leaders to fail.


William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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