Tim Muma, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Radio Host, LocalJobNetwork.com
Interview with Kim Meninger, Boston Executive Coach
As professionals expand their job responsibilities and take on new leadership challenges, they often experience a gap between what they know today and what they might need to know in their new role. This gap often contributes to the Impostor Syndrome – a term used to describe the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt that plague high achieving professionals despite strong evidence to the contrary.
How can you manage the Impostor Syndrome?
Be realistic about what is possible. If you feel overwhelmed, focus on your strengths as opposed to your weaknesses and development needs. Of course you will want to improve on your areas of weakness but focusing only on the negative can be a detriment to your confidence and overall success.
As you take on new leadership roles, it is important to have clear expectations. You are not required to have all the answers, especially not immediately. So you should take advantage of the ramp-up time to ask questions about your goals, the availability of resources and so on.
- Schedule meetings with key stakeholders during your transition to demonstrate your preparedness and commitment to success.
- If you feel there is a miscommunication or disconnect in expectations, be honest about it and clarify.
- Ask for feedback early and often.
What happens when you are not able to meet expectations?
- Learn to delegate. Particularly as you take on increasing responsibilities, you cannot be in control of everything.
- Leverage your resources. Find out who has complementary skills and how can you take advantage of them.
- Find mentors within or outside your department who can help you accelerate your learning.
You can hear the entire interview here.
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