As I talk to my coachees, I peel away at the layers of what’s been stopping their promotion. To their great surprise, there are overt and covert obstacles in their way. Identifying them is the first step.
Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which we doubt our accomplishments and fear being exposed as a “fraud.” Imposter syndrome can lead to mental health issues as we try to live up to some image of success.
Also known as the inner critic, imposter syndrome is that nasty voice that tells us we are a fraud. It might say things like, “Who are you to [do this, charge that, lead this]?”
Most people who enter training for any high-potential job are likely to have Imposter Syndrome, from students to CEOs. If this experience were considered standard in most leadership positions, people would be better able to deal with it, no matter their...
Despite ongoing success and positive feedback, research shows that many of your best people are suffering from impostor syndrome, the oft-overlooked phenomenon of feeling unqualified even if you are a high achiever.