The Power of Doubting Yourself

Leigh Kellogg
3 min readMay 30, 2023


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Who among us has experienced imposter syndrome at some point in our careers? If you answer no, consider yourself fortunate, as you are the exception here. Imposter syndrome, the persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud despite accomplishments, affects around 8 in 10 people during their lifetime. In this article, we will delve deeper into the concept and explore how doubting yourself can be a transformative force.

I have personally grappled with a moderate level of imposter syndrome throughout my nearly 20-year career. Every now and then, it rears its ugly head and lingers for a while. Interestingly, as I have progressed in my career and become more skilled and successful, I’ve noticed that this syndrome intensifies. The irony is hard to ignore. While one might expect self-doubt to decrease with experience, it appears to be strongly correlated.

  1. Up-skilling and Growth:
    One of the unexpected benefits of imposter syndrome is its ability to drive constant up-skilling and personal growth. Those who don’t assume immediate mastery or believe they already know everything about a subject are driven to continuously improve. They possess a level of self-awareness and humility that compels them to expand their skills. By embracing the need for ongoing learning and development, individuals with imposter syndrome become better contributors, often more strategic and visionary.
  2. Active Listening and Impactful Contributions:
    Imposter syndrome fosters a unique perspective on communication. Individuals who doubt themselves feel that when they speak, their words should carry weight. They don’t talk merely to hear their own voices. Instead, they offer insights and commentary that challenge critical assumptions or propel discussions in new, helpful directions. In meetings, their single remark has the power to completely shift the course of the conversation, highlighting the immense value of thoughtful contributions.
  3. Values-Driven Approach:
    Those who experience imposter syndrome often find their motivation in the impact they have on others rather than what they achieve for themselves. They prioritize leaving a positive imprint and embody servant leadership. By consistently questioning the value they bring, they inherently bring value. Their focus on the broader mission and purpose allows them to transcend personal insecurities and make a lasting difference.
  4. Navigating a Challenging Market:
    In today’s market, where job insecurity and company struggles abound, imposter syndrome can easily take hold. Layoffs happen daily, and uncertainty looms large. However, it is crucial to remember that imposter syndrome can be a blessing in disguise. By resetting our perspective and reframing self-doubt as a catalyst for growth and improvement, we can transform our mental trajectory in the face of adversity. Embracing the power of doubting ourselves can ultimately lead to greater resilience and success.

Imposter syndrome, though often viewed negatively, has its merits. It drives constant up-skilling, encourages impactful contributions, and promotes a values-driven approach. By embracing self-doubt as a force for growth, we can navigate the challenges of our careers with resilience and achieve greater success. So, the next time imposter syndrome raises its head, remember that doubting yourself can be the catalyst that propels you to new heights. Embrace it, learn from it, and let it empower you on your journey.

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Leigh Kellogg

Passions include momming, learning, making, and writing. Life motto: Question everything. Website: Social: