Impostor syndrome, have you heard about it? Maybe you are one of the estimated 70% of women who are effected by it?
Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Classic symptoms of Impostor Syndrome
- Having an inability to internalise your accomplishments
- Feeling that other people have an overinflated view of you
- Attributing any success you have to luck or just being in the right place at the right time
- Feeling fearful of being ‘found out’
- Feeling like a fraud
- Believing that the very fact you got the job/do this work means that it can’t be that difficult. Your ability to do something negates the value of it
- Looking more at what you can’t do, rather than valuing what you can do
If you feel you don’t deserve your place in the board room or you appeared there by a stroke of luck isn’t going to help you present yourself as the expert that you are. You certainly won’t come across as the confident leader that your peers expect you to be.
So what can you do to ensure you are seen as the confident expert that everyone in the boardroom looks to with admiration? What can you actually do to rid yourself of Impostor Syndrome?
Learn to accept your accomplishments
If you suffer with impostor syndrome, accepting your accomplishments becomes difficult. Start keeping a journal and detail every single accomplishment, compliment and piece of positive feedback you receive.
When impostor syndrome is at its worst, read through your accomplishments journal so that you can remind yourself why you deserve your place in the board room.
Flip your thinking, think this, not that
Impostor syndrome impacts your ability to see the glass half full. It robs you of the ability to see solutions or a more positive, more helpful way of thinking.
You might think:
- I’m not the right person for the project, I don’t have enough experience.
Flip it and think:
- I’m in this position on merit, I have been selected to do this role and I have a great deal of experience to bring as well as a different perspective.
- This is a great opportunity to learn and develop my skills further. My manager respects people who want to keep developing, therefore I’m perfect to deliver this project.
Be more visible
When you are in the office, in meetings or in conversations with your manager, ensure you are more visible. Share your ideas, verbally agree in meetings or put another point of view forward.
It’s about putting yourself forward and taking on new challenges. I talk more about being more visible in 20 Quick Ways To Be More Confident At Work, you can download your free guide here
Impostor syndrome is a habit that you have learnt, the good news it, you can learn a new way and overcome it.
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