Updated: Nov 5, 2020
The Problem with Limiting Beliefs
Being a leader in a big company looks all rosy and many people see you as a genius in
whatever you do, not realizing the insurmountable issues corporate leaders go through that
result in feeling inadequate. During my interactions with various Fortune 500 company
leaders, I discovered that many of them, even the highly talented ones, are unable to exploit
their full potential, thanks to the limiting beliefs they hold on to.
A survey published on Prima Resource shows that 84% of sales managers have limiting
beliefs. This is an indication that a significant percentage of leaders struggle with these
beliefs. They dream of great things but their inner superpowers are held captive by their
limited thinking. Unfortunately, as a leader, you may not realize that you are struggling with
core values that compromise with your progress until you interact with an expert like a
psychotherapist or leadership coach.
Your beliefs influence the pieces of information you accept or reject, among other decisions.
If you don’t believe in something, you won’t allow your mind to perceive it. As such, some
beliefs can restrict your social and career life in one way or another.
Common Limiting Beliefs
Let’s look at the following major limiting beliefs that leaders struggle with so that you can
know if you are a victim and take the necessary corrective/preventive measures to
Impostor syndrome, which is also referred to as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome,
is a psychological pattern in which a person finds himself doubting his or her achievements
and is constantly fearful of being exposed as unauthentic. If you find yourself believing that
you aren’t as good as the way other people see you, and you are constantly struggling to
maintain the impression, that’s an indication that you have an impostor syndrome. Despite
their revolutionary achievements, some leaders struggle with this problem day in day out.
They often feel that they are not good enough and for the sake of keeping their jobs, they
struggle unreasonably to hide their real selves to avoid being exposed as imposters.
It has to be perfect
Are you the kind of person who believes in doing everything flawlessly? If yes, most likely
you find yourself overworked nearly every single day because you fear delegating your
work to others because no one can do it quite like you. Did you know perfectionism makes
leaders micromanage their teams, something that might do more harm than good to their
The guilt is too much
As a leader, you have some particular mistakes that you believe are too evil to forgive, don’t
you? Unfortunately, you might find the guilt taking a serious toll on you and interfering
with your work performance. Is it worth it?
Steps to overcome limiting beliefs
Self Appreciation/ Self Acceptance
There are various ways one can take in detangling from impostor syndrome, one of them
being positive self-appreciation and acceptance. Stopping to seek validation of your
identity and capabilities also goes a long way to helping you develop an absolute
acceptance and appreciation of yourself. Having done that, you’ll be able to get rid of some
Nothing in this world is perfect
If you are a perfectionist leader and would like to change, you need to acknowledge that
nothing in this world is perfect. Stop being very hard on yourself and other people. Give
yourself and other people the room and the grace for making mistakes. Mistakes and
failures are part of growth and progression. Start focusing on the bigger picture overall
instead of the small details that takes you out every time.
Let go of guilt
The best way to avoid further damages is to learn to let go of guilt as early as you can,
especially if the triggering issue has been resolved. By so doing, you’ll get back the sobriety
you need to carry on with your regular duties correctly and on time.
Do you want to know more about limiting beliefs and how you and your employees can
overcome them? Contact us at LeadHer International today and we’ll be glad to help you
realize your full potential through limitless leadership.
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