Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome is a common theme in my office. There’s no “cure,” but there’s no reason for it to hold you back. Here’s my Seattle Times column: The painfully funny thing about impostor syndrome.

The Seattle Times, March 5, 2018

“I’m worried that I’m no good without my team,” a senior director told me. She was transitioning to a new role in a new organization, leaving behind the team she had built and developed over several years — a team that would walk through fire for her.

I looked at her, this strong, articulate, intelligent, accomplished professional. Time to talk about so-called impostor syndrome.

Impostor syndrome is that feeling that you’re a fraud. That you’re just making things up as you go along, but everyone around you is expert. You worry that your accomplishments are a fluke. You can fake it on the outside, but you have this gnawing feeling on the inside… (Read the rest of the story on The Seattle Times.)