Project Management

Fighting Impostor Syndrome as a Project Manager: Continuing the Conversation

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In their webinar Fighting Impostor Syndrome as a Project Manager, Yasmina Khelifi and Vicky Adams helped us identify when impostor syndrome happens, recognize the different types—and overcome it. The webinar was so successful that the presenters now continue the conversation by answering more of your questions.


1. “You said ‘Humility is not a quality.’ Can you expand on this?”

Answer: It seems Yasmina's strong assertion that humility is not a quality resonated with attendees and raised some questions. What we meant is: Don't be too humble. Describe what you achieved with assertiveness and facts. It reminds us of a quotation:

“If you are constantly apologizing with, ‘Well, I am not the expert,’ people will believe you and wonder why you wasted their time.” — Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz (Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time)

If you are too humble, people will take it at face value. Not crossing the line to bragging is an art, but from time to time let's try to experiment with a little bragging.

Sharing Your Accomplishments

2. “Any tips on being more comfortable sharing your successes and the value you bring?”

Answer: At a job interview, for each required skill, try to associate a concrete action you took…

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