I want people to like me and it makes me a bad boss | Ask Philippa

Aim for the middle space between commanding and pleading that is assertiveness, says Philippa Perry. And get help with your inner critic

The question I need help with my career. My heart sinks every morning – I feel overwhelmed, under-capable. Everything is a firefight and I just get through and think OK, and then I must face it all again the next day, repeat ad nauseam.

I feel I’m over-promoted. Probably because of a family connection. I’m very senior at a large charitable foundation.

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