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Promoted … and feeling like an imposter

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You've just been promoted over your peers to team leader or maybe even office manager. You’re thrilled, but the shift is “like an earthquake.” Suddenly thrust into the spotlight isn’t something that most admins relish, says career coach Marie McIntyre (

“One day you’re a peer and the next day you’re responsible for directing performance. You feel like an imposter,” she says, “which is why it’s called the ‘imposter syndrome.’”

Here’s how to adjust:

Recognize that things have changed. “People will screen what they say to you,” says McIntyre. “You may be used to going out to lunch and griping about the boss. Now you are the boss.” Others will interpret your actions, so you’ll have to examine and adjust them as needed.

Hold a transition meeting in a formal setting. It will help clear any uncomfortable feelings and allow you to step into your new role. “You can acknowledge that it’s going to be an uncomfo...(register to read more)

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