In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we take a look at the ways in which lack of training and preparation for leadership roles undermine our confidence. My guest, Mark Herschberg, CTO and MIT instructor, shares his personal journey from individual contributor to manager and the realization he had that the skills required to make that transition were not taught. He also shares his perspective on leadership and what we can do to be more effective, confident leaders at any level.
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About My Guest
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.
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