We're all suffering from imposter syndrome, at least a little.
This was one of the most important and durable lessons learned early in my career from a military officer who said, despite world-class training, extraordinary peers and literally the best hardware money could buy, that he felt, occasionally, like a poser.
We all do, if we care about our roles, our impact and the gap between what we know and what we don't.
Unchecked, imposter syndrome can be debilitating; as result a result, we can be indecisive, uncommitted or unaccountable.
But a little bit of it can go a long way, like inoculation. It keeps us hungry for new ideas, sensitive to others and responsive to changing circumstances.
Thanks Emma Duke for this post.
Very quickly, some unhelpful internal voices piped up: “What am I doing? I can’t do this! I’m just a girl from Streatham who likes unicorns!” I constructed a scenario in my mind where I had basically manipulated my way up and then been struck by dumb luck.