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Employers should encourage risk-taking to beat impostor syndrome

Fear of failure is sapping spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation

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Michelle Obama at the White House in September 2022: The former U.S. first lady has spoken of her struggles with impostor syndrome.   © Reuters

Nobuko Kobayashi co-leads the Japan consumer practice of global strategy consulting group EY-Parthenon.

Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef famed for his unpretentious culinary travels and witty writing, told an interviewer in 2016, "I feel like I've stolen a car -- a really nice car -- and I keep looking into the rearview mirror for flashing lights."

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