One of the fears of many people with imposter syndrome – including me – is that we are not superstars. I often feel like only superstars will make a difference in the world and that only superstars are valued in the work place.
Being a superstar is about outperforming others and going it alone. It is about individual genius and talent – creating, doing and succeeding without the help of others. Not only is this an unrealistic goal that can lead to failure, isolation and increased feelings of imposter syndrome – according to Margaret Heffernan this isn’t what drives us to do our best work and what it means to be a leader. She observes that it is social cohesion that leads to great results, not being a super star.