I recently spoke with a friend about a situation where her confidence had recently taken a tumble.
Her boss had reprimanded her, because they thought that she wasn’t handling a problem manager correctly.
The manager was not only unprofessional in how they talked to my friend, (again their boss), and the people they managed, but was also a raging micromanager, which was another problem entirely.
This manager was causing a lot of tension in the work environment. Staff was very frustrated and burnt out and the turnover was high in the department.
My friend felt extremely anxious, because her boss had told her that she needed to step up and fix the problem or she would be out.
When I spoke to my friend, she told me that she felt like her superiors didn’t have confidence in her leadership and that she was afraid of losing her job.
I could see how her experience at this job made her seriously doubt herself and her abilities. In fact, it’s quite common to question one’s own leadership after facing criticism or being reprimanded.
Receiving negative feedback when you are trying your best to navigate a challenging position can plunge even the most capable people into the pitfalls of imposter syndrome.