Very few people are lucky enough to get their dream job. Whether that’s owning your own business or being the leader of a large organisation, few have got what it takes to get there. Women are still outnumbered by men on executive boards by 4 to 1.
You’ve achieved the dizzy heights of CEO...
First things first; it’s time to celebrate your success! It feels like you’ve been working your whole life towards this moment, it’s what kept you going through Uni. All of those late nights studying for your MBA, days out you missed with the kids and nights out cancelled with the girls, you knew it would all be worth it one day.
Now that day has arrived and all of a sudden you’re terrified!
You’ve never done this before.
Why on earth did you think you think you could be a CEO?
Now you’ve got no buffer, no role model, no one to go to to help you make important decisions.
All eyes are on you and the pressure is on. It took you years to get this job you don’t want to lose it!
Don’t worry it’s not just you. You’re not going crazy and you haven’t made a mistake.
What's wrong then?
You’re experiencing imposter syndrome and it can and does happen to the greatest leaders.
In his book Happy Sexy Millionaire, Steven Bartlett talks about how taking his company private and becoming CEO of a multi million dollar company didn’t quite give him the buzz he expected.
Many high achievers are so focused on the goal they don’t consider what they will do when they get there.
I remember years ago I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live in Manchester. I’d always wanted to see them in concert, I’d been counting down the days for months, hardly slept a wink the night before. Then on the day it rained, we were stood right at the back and we could hardly hear them. I was gutted 😞
How do you make sure you don’t let everyone down?
People think I’m crazy when I tell them I coach CEOs and senior executives to improve their performance as a leader. They look at me like I’ve lost my mind when I tell them it can be a lonely place at the top and these high achievers need to keep growing and investing in their personal development so they can be a role model to inspire and motivate their people.
It’s so important when you reach the top to not start sliding back down. Clarity and focus are key.
What’s your next goal?
At this stage you’ve got 2 choices when it comes to setting your next goal.
1. You might choose not to set any goals, be happy where you are for a while and give yourself chance to get settled in your new job.
2. Maybe you feel a bit lost now you don’t have a goal to work towards. If you need some focus and direction consider setting some short term goals to implement that bold vision.
How will you keep yourself motivated?
For years you’ve been working towards this goal, it’s what got you out of bed in the morning and now you’re feeling a bit flat. You’re someone who is motivated by achievement, you want to feel like you’re making progress. So set a vision for yourself, for the type of leader you are going to be. What impact do you want to make on your business? Share that vision with your leadership team and wider if you’re feeling bold.