Eliminating Imposter Syndrome in School Leadership

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  • Imposter syndrome refers to when we unconsciously sabotage ourselves as we allow negative thoughts to take the front seat in our minds. 
  • Overcome the imposter syndrome by stopping and reflecting on your uniqueness.

Perfection is Futile

Don’t expect perfection! No one is able to do everything. It’s just outright exhausting. Furthermore, it’s a waste of perfectly good productivity as you spend hours striving to be perfect rather than trying to do and be the very best you can each day.

Every successful leader knows that it’s essential to reflect on mistakes and shortcomings in order to improve effectiveness and enhance leadership skills.  If we all know this information, why are we often so critical of our downfalls and shortcomings? More importantly, we need to evolve in terms of our thinking if we want to have longevity as a leader. The more we doubt ourselves, the more others will doubt us.

When we remember that we are in our current positions to serve and be vessels of hope and courage, we are able to adjust our sails, forge ahead, and guide our teams to successful outcomes. Click To Tweet

What Brings About This Self-Doubt?

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We often think that somehow we don’t deserve the success we have. We second guess and compare our accomplishments, skills, and effectiveness on a daily basis. Cognitive dissonance begins to occur. How can we lead others if we are still learning and growing ourselves?

Imposter Syndrome

It starts with a keen understanding of exactly what this thing that we do to ourselves actually is. This is called Imposter Syndrome or Fraud Syndrome. We unconsciously sabotage ourselves as we allow negative thoughts to take the front seat in our minds, negating our innate leadership capabilities and capacities that we know we possess. We allow the opinions of others to downgrade what we inherently know to be true about ourselves. 

Imposter Syndrome – How Can We Overcome This Fallacy?

It is in these times that we must stop and reflect on our uniqueness, our indisputable leadership characteristics that have elevated us to this present state of serving and leading others.

You are not a fraud; you are growing and learning alongside those you’ve been called to lead.

Be strong and courageous and forge ahead.

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About Latrese Younger

Latrese D Younger is an instructional lead learner in Virginia. Her passion is English language arts and she believes that she will always be a teacher at heart. Latrese has a servant mindset, spirit, and attitude that she believes helps keep her grounded. She resides with her son, husband, and English bulldog. In her spare time, she loves writing, reading, and social media curating.