These are the exact words from the subject line of an email I received recently from one of my coaching clients. With her permission, I’m sharing her experience and passing on what she learned from this very challenging event.
The “Imposter Ledge” is in reference to the Imposter Syndrome that leaders may experience during challenging times (like right now with the Covid-19 pandemic) in which they question their worth as a leader.
This woman is an accomplished leader and highly regarded. So how did she find herself on “the ledge”?
A very capable and experienced executive looked into the eyes of “Imposter Syndrome” and came out victorious. As painful as it was, she is an even stronger leader now and has put that “Imposter” on notice.
To my client, thanks for sharing your story with other managers and coaches and for the “gifts” of your lessons learned!
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Chris Ranney is a BetterMananger Executive Coach and has worked with C-Level Executives, Executive Directors, Senior Management Teams and Business Owners. With dual careers in the fields of psychology and financial planning, he has long had a passion for helping others succeed, thrive and meet life’s challenges head on.