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Confidence Doesn’t Equal Competence

  Confidence Doesn’t Equal Competence We often falsely equate confidence — most often, the type demonstrated by white male leaders — with competence and leadership. Employees who can’t (or won’t)  conform  to male-biased social styles are told they have imposter syndrome.    The truth of the matter is that pretty much anywhere in the world men tend to think that they are much smarter than women. Yet arrogance and overconfidence are inversely related to leadership talent — the ability to build and maintain high-performing teams, and to inspire followers to set aside their selfish agendas in order to work for the common interest of the group. Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately  affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments . Many question whether they’re deserving of accolades. Psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes developed the concept, originally term

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