Seeing yourself as a leader is a critical first step toward acting like one—yet, many people are uncomfortable identifying as leaders, and some studies show there are various reasons for this.


This article by Julia Lee Cunningham, Laura Sonday, and Susan (Sue) Ashford, writing for HBR, makes the following points:
  • Some leaders fear appearing domineering, different or unqualified.
  • People who reported higher levels of fear around these reputational risks were less likely to see themselves as leaders and to act as leaders.
  • The good news is that psychological interventions are available to reduce both the potency and impact of these fears.


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