You’re Not Powerless in the Face of Imposter Syndrome

Research found that moxie—strength of will, self-discipline, and the ability to persist despite challenges—was vital to the success of professionals from underrepresented Keith D. Dorsey

“I WAS INTIMIDATED FOR MANY YEARS in the early part of my board career because I didn’t have a business degree and felt underprepared,” a female board director once told me. Another director, explaining that she “grew up in the shadows of a plantation” reflected, “It’s still very much a white male show, so the fact that I was the first African American female on the board was astounding to me.”

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