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February 24, 2022

How to master “natural” leadership, with Alisa Cohn
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Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you don’t belong somewhere — such as a prestigious school or high-performing job — because of the false belief that you aren’t as smart, capable, or experienced as your colleagues.

Although it’s very common for new CEOs and senior leaders to face self-doubt and insecurity daily in their role, these feelings can be overcome.

Remember that leadership is an unnatural act. We don't normally give feedback to the friends, praise people we don't have confidence in, and repeat ourselves over and over. But these skills can be learned.

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About Alisa Cohn:
Alisa Cohn is an Executive Coach who has worked with C-suite executives at prominent startups (such as Venmo, Etsy, Draft Kings, The Wirecutter, Mack Weldon, and Tory Burch) and Fortune 500 companies (including Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, Calvin Klein and The New York Times.) She is the author From Start-up to Grown-up, and the creator and host of a podcast of the same name.

A frequent keynoter, Inc. Magazine named Alisa one of the top 100 leadership speakers, and she was named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards and the #1 Global Guru for Startups.

She is the executive coach for Cornell’s New York City tech incubator, and she has coached leaders from around the world, including the first female minister of the transition state of Afghanistan and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She has guest lectured at Harvard, Cornell, The Naval War College and Henley Business School. Her articles have appeared in HBR, Inc, and Forbes, and she's been featured as an expert on BBC World News, Bloomberg TV, and in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal.

You can download Alisa’s 5 Scripts for Delicate Conversations and 1 to Make Your Life Better at AlisaCohn.com/5scripts.

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