I’ve made peace with my imposter syndrome

Holly Tucker, entrepreneur and small business champion, has made it her mission to rename imposter syndrome. The founder of retail website Not On The High Street and newest guest on The Telegraph podcast, Imposters, tells host Claire Cohen why she thinks the term is too negative. “It’s someone who just makes sure you’re going to do your best because they know you’re potentially great,” she tells the podcast, which you can listen to with the audio player above. “It’s there to protect us, I suppose.”

The businesswoman, who received an MBE for services to small businesses and corporations in 2013, shares her secret to turning your biggest insecurities into your greatest strengths. For Tucker, these are her struggles with dyslexia. As the author of two books, she still hesitates to call herself a writer: “I’ve never said that out loud for myself.”

Later in her career, she began writing, “It was imposter syndrome that held me back, but it has now given me a life I could not even dream of.”

As a busy working mom, Tucker tells the podcast how she felt imposter syndrome not only in the boardroom but also at the school gates: “I used to have to pretend to be on the phone, which probably wouldn’t have helped someone not saying hi to me . I felt so incredibly vulnerable because I wasn’t a real mom either, because I didn’t go to sports day, I didn’t pick up, I didn’t know when the bake sale was. Her advice is simple: “Maybe you know a woman who shows up in the schoolyard alone. Please go and say hello to her…or to a man!”

Listen to Holly Tucker’s full interview on The Telegraph’s Imposters Podcast addressing the phenomenon of female imposter syndrome using the audio player above Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast app.

Women Mean Business Live will take place on October 20, 2021 as a virtual event. It will bring together business leaders and entrepreneurs for a day of action, debate and networking to overcome the barriers that too often prevent women-led companies and workplace professionals from realizing their full potential.

Speakers will include Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest, Kate Bingham, Anya Hindmarch, Julia Gillard, Bianca Miller-Cole, and the Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong and Camilla Tominey.

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