How managers can overcome their self-doubt

Even the most successful leaders are not immune to the effects of imposter syndrome. Those lingering thoughts that your successes are short-lived or that your business isn’t quite living up to the values ​​you and your team have promised can wreak havoc if left unchecked.

Rather than accepting these feelings as fact, it is best to address them directly. As entrepreneurs, the members of Business Council have also encountered issues that have eroded their confidence. Below, 14 of them give tips to help managers overcome their feelings of self-doubt.

1. Cultivate Discomfort to Boost Your Growth

Imposter syndrome is fear and anxiety in the form of self-doubt. To effectively combat imposter syndrome, I constantly remind myself that growth is always on the other side of uncomfortable. I purposely put myself in networking events, masterminds or groups where I can trust my knowledge base, become vulnerable, learn from others and just add value where I can. – James Golden, Paving Management Group

2. Recognize that everyone is constantly learning

Understand that everyone learns along the way, even the most successful entrepreneurs. In fact, the most successful founders are always learning and growing outside their comfort zone. Chasing that comfort zone is a futile effort. Feel comfortable if you feel uncomfortable. Nobody expects you to be an expert at everything, so learn from your blind spots and work with experts accordingly! – Maurice Harary, The prayer lab Business Council is the leading growth and networking organization for entrepreneurs and leaders. Am I eligible?

3. Hire a top team

We live in rapidly evolving times. If you don’t recognize that context and that you can’t possibly know everything, you’re kidding yourself. The best thing you can do as a leader is hire a brilliant team of experts to advise and admit when you don’t know the answer and need to listen. You are hired to steer and find your way, not to solve every problem yourself. – Andrew Dunbar

4. Focus on building your confidence

Build your confidence in your abilities. Keep emails that amplify success. Change your mindset from a negative one to a “soundtrack” that is more positive. Surround yourself with people who listen, give constructive feedback, and encourage you to be yourself. – Jenni Field, Redefining Communication

5. Look at the qualifications that got you to this point

Self-doubt usually only arises when you have enough knowledge to understand exactly how much you don’t know. To get to this point, of course, you must be qualified for the job that this impostor syndrome entails. If you don’t have feelings of self-doubt, you may be an impostor. – Chuck Leblo, Interact One

6. Recognize What You Can Offer Uniquely

Each of us has something special to offer the world. If someone asks you for advice, it’s because they value your opinion. Welcome it, embrace it and give your most confident answer with a smile. We can always learn and improve; however, that does not mean that the existing knowledge you have is not good enough. – Jodi Daniels, Red Clover Advisors

7. Work within your SHAPE

The more you work outside your SHAPE – special gifts, heart (passion), skills (competencies), personality and experiences – the more you work outside your fields. Doing this also makes you more vulnerable, which can lead to feelings of self-doubt. Leaders must learn to work at the center of their SHAPE to increase their productivity and have fun while working. – Lere Baale, Business School Netherlands International

8. Keep it real with your team

Be authentic with your team. This doesn’t mean you should tell them about all your insecurities, but it does mean that you should be transparent about what and where you need their input and help. Impostor syndrome thrives in seclusion. The more communication and collaboration you promote as a leader, the less room you give to your insecurities about your management skills. – Christopher White, Equis, Inc.

9. Actively deal with your feelings

Imposter syndrome affects highly successful managers who have difficulty accepting their achievements. Feeling “like a scammer” is a common theme among my clients. I highly recommend this three-step process. First write down the thought (acknowledge it); second, write down three facts that contradict it (dispute it); third, introduce an opposing thought and share it with two people you trust (say it). – Loubna Noureddin, Mind Market Consultants

10. Lean on other leaders

Everyone experiences imposter syndrome; it’s the human way. My best advice would be to know that you are not alone. It’s okay to feel what you feel. Let the leadership know. If they are a good leader, they will help you with the skills and exercises you need to feel more confident. – Deyman Doolittle, ShipSigma

11. Think about past successes

Think back to a time when you last doubted yourself and try to let go of the actions you took to overcome it. Then remember the outcome and how you felt. Reflection is the best tool to overcome self-doubt. – Sarah Goodall, Tribal impact

12. Document every progress

First, remind yourself that having insecurities is normal and that your role and the role of your team members is based on a completed goal or outcome, not just you. Document your progress and successes. Save these outcomes and refer to them with your team. This will help you remember your value while building your team’s confidence. – Benjie Nunn, CreditHub

13. Find your rhythm and your identity

Your rhythm is your most successful flow of the day, allowing you to become great at what you do and optimize your current strengths. Your identity is what people think of when they hear your name. Try not to become like anyone else and limit your social media scrolling to become the best version of yourself. – Tim Yelkhaninov, Real Finance

14. Pretend

As the adage goes, “Fake it ’til you make it.” Seriously. I think many experience some self-doubt early in leaders’ careers, which can be a good thing. But you have to radiate self-confidence with employees and customers. Expressing your confidence builds momentum and ultimately leads to those wins. Feigning that confidence makes employees feel more comfortable and driven to succeed, and they become more self-assured. – Adam Povlitz, Anago cleaning systems


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