If you have experienced imposter syndrome as a leader, you’re in good company. Sheryl Sandberg, Howard Schultz and Arianna Huffington are among many successful leaders who have admitted to struggling with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

It is a well-known psychological phenomenon that causes a person to believe they are not really worthy of their accomplishments. They worry that someday they will be ‘found out’, exposed as a ‘fraud’. Leaders who suffer from imposter syndrome have somehow conjured flawed beliefs about their success, self-worth and leadership ability and attribute these to luck rather than their talent…


Thank you Lisa Malcolm for the provocation to write more about how to give good feedback — here are some of my thoughts, although I am sure you (and others) will have more to add …

First, all feedback will provoke a reaction. For example, Lisa commented on one of my LinkedIn posts, talking about the importance of giving feedback, suggesting that I (someone) talk more about how to give it, acknowledging that we all know it’s needed.

My reaction was — gosh, Lisa’s right. …


The subject of remote working is one that is hotly debated, is it good or bad for an organisation? Does it increase or hinder productivity and engagement?

As a leader, managing and overseeing a remote team and monitoring performance presents a unique set of challenges. It also takes a highly skilled leader to successfully build and manage a remote team.

Here are 4 key leadership skills required for managing a virtual team:

1. Excellent Communication

Superior communication skills are critical for any leader. For leaders who manage remote teams and don’t have the ease of face to face communication it…


We have chosen each other

and the edge of each others’ battles

the war is the same

if we lose

someday women’s blood will congeal

upon a dead planet

if we win

there is no telling

we seek beyond history

for a new and more possible meeting

Unpublished Poem — Audre Lorde

Never take fire from a woman, wrote Audre Lorde. Yet, many of us feel we are without fire, or are lone flames in what can seem like an insurmountable darkness, an impenetrable forest. Yet, even the forest knows fire can be a force for change rather than destruction.


“Bullies don’t like to be bullied … “, someone said to me recently. If they’re not challenged or held to account though, they will continue to overpower the little people was my response (feeling like one of the little people in respect of this particular conversation). So, I began to ask myself, how is it possible to stand up, to challenge and simply to call out poor (at best) and horrendous (at worst) behaviours?

I also began to ask myself, where was I noticing these bullying behaviours — these abuses of power (as I refer to them) and sadly, I…


Over the last few decades we have made progress when it comes to equality, although the change is sketchy and it seems in stasis or decline. There are more women in the workforce than ever before, yet there remains a dearth of women in boardrooms.

Despite the push for greater gender diversity on boards, organisations continue to lag behind in female executive representation. This is tough to understand when there are so many compelling reasons to appoint more women into leadership positions. Here are 3 of the most pressing:

1. Women are proactive when it comes to self-development

According…


Effective leaders understand that goal-setting is necessary for team cohesion and defining measurable metrics. Goal setting gives direction, and direction improves collaboration. Goals enable you and your team to recognise when you are on track. The goals you choose can help inspire and motivate your team.

If there is one big thing that you want to achieve in the second half of this year to know that it was the best year yet, what would that big thing be?

1. Choose a relevant and challenging goal to achieve

Goals that are too complex or far-reaching may set your organisation and…


Men are strong, resilient and lack emotions. Women are overly-sensitive, fragile and talk too much.

Wrong.

If we want humanity to evolve and thrive, it’s time to drop these outdated gender stereotypes. Our relationships — both personal and in the workplace — can heal and flourish when we stand together, united for gender equality. ‘When they go low, we go high,’ Michelle Obama famously said at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. While the former first lady was addressing the cutthroat political arena, the same can be said about shattering global gender stereotypes.

In a world where women are often viewed…


What is more important to you, to be liked or to be respected?

Humans, like to be liked and yet not all the decisions we make are popular with everyone? They simply cannot be. So, by default, some people who do not like our thinking may not like us very much either. Being a leader is a tough gig! We have an obligation to confront the status quo, situations, problems and, sometimes people, every day. Part of our development as a leader is to know that it’s not realistic to please everyone.

The dictionary definitions of both these words are…


“One of the secret benefits of using remote workers is that the work itself becomes the yardstick to judge someone’s performance.” — Jason Fried, Published Author of Office Not Required.

Flexible and remote working is fast becoming the new norm. Many organisations have already started allowing their employees to work remotely for a specific number of days. While not every leader may be ready to embrace this type of culture just yet, there’s no question that this is where things are headed.

Why haven’t all leaders and CEO’s committed to this modern way of working? For some, it comes down…

Tania Watson

Executive Coach | Organisational Development Consultant | Leadership Specialist | Champion of People and Their Potential. Follow me for #leadership tips.

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