Episode 31

Published on:

10th Nov 2020

The Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome

“We Become What We Do” Seth Godin

The imposter syndrome identifies that there can be times where we struggle with being accurate, being authentic in acknowledging our own accomplishments, our own competence. With the imposter syndrome there can actually be an internal fear that we will be seen as deceiving others – as someone who doesn’t really have the skills and talents that we have been identified with. A person with impostor syndrome struggles with acknowledging just how competent they are, with feeling inadequate

In December 2019, a research article Prevalence, Predictors, and Treatment of Impostor Syndrome: a Systematic Review was published that looked at 62 different studies of over 14,000 participants looking at this idea of the imposter syndrome.  

“Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.” Quote from Maya Angelou

 “We become what we do.” Seth Godin

Five actions that will move you away from falling prey to a misalignment with who you are and how you connect with your world. 

1.      I trust myself.

2.      I persist on the journey to grow and change

3.      I pursue an understanding of my daily action steps

4.      I give myself room to fail.

5.      I serve others without guarantee that my service will be recognized or appreciated. 

What is servant leadership? Robert Greenleaf



Godin, S. (2020). The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. New York: Penguin Random House.

Maxwell, J (2000). Failing Forward, Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. USA: Harper Collins

You can find me at www.healthyleadership.online

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About the Podcast

The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.