Proving Your Worth. Ignore That Voice In Your Head.

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on proving your worth the image shows a young male holding out his hands to signify stop

Entering a new role comes with its share of challenges, particularly the pressure of “proving your worth.”

As an executive leadership coach, I often hear from my clients who are starting a new role they feel pressure to rush in and make sweeping changes. But I strongly caution against doing that.

Ignore that voice in your head that is telling you to prove your worth. That is the voice of insecurity. It is not the voice of wisdom.

This is the number one mistake I see when people start a new job. They are dead set on trying to show others that they deserve this job and in doing so they really prove that they’re not the right person for the job.

My advice is to adopt a mindset of exploration and discovery. Use those first 30 days to comprehend why things are as they are before diving into action. This involves engaging with key stakeholders, asking probing questions, and gaining a deep understanding of the organization’s history and dynamics.

Focusing solely on proving your worth from the outset can lead to resistance and strained relationships. Rather than striving to demonstrate your value immediately, prioritize building connections and establishing trust within your new team. By approaching your first month with patience, empathy, and a willingness to listen, you lay a strong foundation for long-term success.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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