“I feel the pressure to look competent whilst inside I’m drowning,” says a senior manager in government. “For me, respect is the ultimate. I am worried that if I look incompetent, I will lose people’s respect. I will lose my credibility. Without credibility I can’t influence the outcome. The fear of looking incompetent holds me back from fully participating.”

Feelings of incompetence commonly arise at the edge. Facing our gap in knowledge can lead to questioning who we are, our competence, confidence, professionalism, knowledge and power. Nicola Gatti, CEO of startup AWS24, has spent almost all his career in the telecommunications industry. He describes a situation when he recently moved to the financial sector as a mergers ...

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