Imposter syndrome is prevalent and perhaps even more so during these unprecedented times. In-house counsel are not immune to imposter syndrome, and perhaps are more susceptible to it when the many other issues practicing lawyers face are factored in. But what can we done? Fortunately, Sterling Miller has produced another thoughtful piece on the topic and you would be well served to read it and share it with your colleagues.
“A while back, I wrote about how in-house lawyers can reduce stress in an otherwise pretty stressful job. I picked the topic because it was an issue that had come up several times when speaking with in-house lawyers. I am going to continue that trend and take up another topic that comes up frequently. The topic is “imposter syndrome.” I can imagine that a lot of you reading this instantly took note and said, “I know exactly what he means!” Others may be thinking that I am going to discuss all those cool fake masks in the Mission: Impossible movies. Regardless of which side of the line you fall, it is an important topic and one worth discussing because, as you will see, almost everyone deals with it at some point in their career. I certainly did. The important thing, in my opinion, is recognizing what’s going on when it hits and knowing how to escape its clutches. This edition of “Ten Things” does just that, i.e., what is it and how do you move past it….”