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Lenovo’s Wendy Welch: 4 Ways To Blaze A Path To Leadership Success

C.J. Fairfield

‘Change doesn’t always feel good,’ says Wendy Welch, executive director for US distribution and partner sales at Lenovo. ‘Sometimes we choose it. Sometimes it’s forced on us. We control what we do next.’

Reject The Imposter Syndrome

“I joined Lenovo in September 2019. I was in a new company in a new industry, moved to channel sales and bam, pandemic,” she said. “It was so much harder than I had anticipated. The imposter syndrome smacked me square in the face.”

She really started to question whether or not she was the right person for the job but had to remind herself that was not an imposter.

“What I was feeling was that I had chosen to go and learn and grow,” she said. “I was at the right company at the right time and this is where I wanted to be. I would have never applied for the job that I have now.”

She told the room of hundreds of women to reject the imposter syndrome. The concept, she said, has negative connotations for women and it diminishes their role in and their contribution.

“Change doesn’t always feel good,” she said. “Sometimes we choose it. Sometimes it’s forced on us. We control what we do next. I now believe and understand I am the only person that holds me back from my dreams.”

 

 
C.J. Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is an associate editor at CRN covering solution providers, MSPs and distributors. Prior to joining CRN, she worked at daily newspapers, including The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be reached at cfairfield@thechannelcompany.com.

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