One of the common conditions that I encounter among executives and managers in my coaching practice is a secret belief that they have bamboozled their way into what seems to be success. Some day, they fear, the world will catch on and they will be revealed as frauds.
Each of these people has an unquestionable record of accomplishment, but they discount awards, corner offices and stellar reputations as simply the result of luck, charm or smooth talking.
Think of that the next time you enounter someone who appears to have it all together. Strip away the glossy surface and you may find a lot of insecurity.
All the more reason to be a little kinder out there and to pause to give ourselves credit for achievements.