We’re in a moment of tectonic change. The only certainty we have as the world starts to reopen is that things will be different.
Remember air travel before 9/11? (Yeah, me neither.)
Our inner voice may be telling us to step up, to make a difference. Maybe our organizations are calling on us to lead a new initiative or build a new product to meet rapidly changing consumer needs.
Either way, we might find ourselves in the uncomfortable place of leading others into the unknown when we don’t have the authority or training to do so.
One of the biggest challenges of being in this position is getting over imposter syndrome: Why should they listen to me? I don't feel qualified to lead these experts.
After being in a few of these situations myself, I’ve stolen a few tricks from the designer’s toolbox to become someone who can help get others on board with an idea and get the needle moving.
Here are tips to help you do the same.
There you have it—everything you need to conquer your inner critic and step up to build momentum around your ideas.
True leadership is about motivating people to go on a journey with you—not because you’re in charge but because the journey is worth it.
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