Have you ever landed a leadership role, felt a surge of excitement, followed immediately by a wave of terror? You’re not alone. Many women leaders experience this, feeling overwhelmed and unprepared.

Aren’t you expected to be decisive, knowledgeable, and have all the answers? But what if you don’t? What if that inner voice keeps whispering, “I’m not sure I can do this!”

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Psychologists see this as an “imposter syndrome.”   Others point to an inner judge sabotaging you.  Your mind chatter tricks you into feeling like a fraud, even when you’re perfectly qualified. And guess what? It often manifests as the feeling of “winging it.”

Here’s the secret: sometimes, “winging it” is a superpower!

Think about it. When you must adapt, think on your feet, and tap into your resourcefulness, aren’t these essential leadership skills you have or are developing?  I think of a quote attributed to Sheryl Sandberg, the former COO of Facebook, “Done is better than perfect.”  Don’t you think there were times she had to act without all the information? And she did it with confidence and a willingness to learn and adjust.

So how do we embrace the “wing it” feeling and lead with confidence? Here are a few approaches:

 

Leading can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. But remember, feeling like you’re “winging it” is a normal part of the journey. Embrace the challenges, focus on your strengths, and build a strong support system. You’ve got this!