February 14, 2018

Win Like Winx

Over lunch recently the conversation with my niece, Alex, turned to horse racing. Well, not the racing exactly, but the fun of frocking up and waiting with all the others for the wonderful Winx to stride out onto the track. ‘Why does she keep winning?’ I asked. ‘She’s the fastest and best,’ Alex replied. I have a different view. She might appear to be the fastest and best, but that is because she takes the lead and is the first past the post. You might think I am just playing around with words, and that it’s all the same thing […]
September 2, 2016

Women leaders: overcoming the impostor syndrome

I have coached and mentored numerous women, all with great talent and ambition. I read their CVs and listen to their stories about things they have achieved and the obstacles they have overcome along the way. I am almost always impressed with their courage and determination. I see the leader in them so clearly. So why are their initial conversations with me typically peppered with misgivings and self-doubts. ‘Am I leader-like enough?’ ‘Do I have what it takes?’ ‘Am I an imposter?’ To be honest, the men I advise and coach rarely express such concerns. We know why – men […]