Undoubtedly, the way that society views working mothers is holding us back. But one of the biggest things that I have learned in my own leadership is that I hold myself back too.
It is normal for us to respond to society’s expectations of us by second guessing ourselves, not chasing opportunities, and not fully believing in our potential. Often we have assumed that we can’t find meaningful and challenging work whilst working reduced or more flexible hours. So we stop putting our hand up. We let society’s exceptions contribute to our self doubts.
Society tells us no, and we tell ourselves no too.
Impostor syndrome is this self doubt. It appears when ever we step out of our comfort zone. It is worse for women, who (on average) underestimate their abilities and potential by 30%. It is worse again for mothers because are constantly we are told that we can’t have it all. So we start to believe it and underestimate our potential even more.
If you want to embrace your leadership potential, if you want to find the courage to ask more from your work place, if you want to negotiate the role and conditions that meet your family aspirations and your career aspirations, then you need to overcome your impostor syndrome.
To help your embrace your leadership potential, we have created the free guide 5 Steps to Overcoming Impostor Syndrome