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I’m excited to be speaking at the Channel Futures Leadership Conference in Miami at the end of this month. Woo Hoo. Me and bunch of extraordinary leaders. Here’s an interview I did and, boy, did I enjoy getting deep on imposter syndrome! Do I have imposter syndrome? um……..
Here’s an excerpt:
There are many reasons why anyone may experience imposter syndrome and it’s more prevalent than we think. Most people do not talk about it and often don’t even know they have it. Gender or age aside, two common causes can be either low confidence, or overconfidence.
People who lack self-confidence or have low self-esteem may doubt their abilities and feel like they are not as good as their peers. They may feel like everyone else will call them out on their (assumed) lack of abilities. This is the key part of the “syndrome,” the idea that they will be “found out.”
The second cause involves perfectionism. Someone may feel they are so talented that they must set a high bar for themselves and therefore never feel good enough. All of this comes down to personal expectations or, more to the point, the idea that someone will discover they are a “fraud” and rat them out. They feel they are not hitting their self-imposed expectations and are “not good enough,” which can destroy their ability to achieve or be successful.
Anyone can experience imposter syndrome, but women are more likely to than men. This is a researched fact. This may be because we are often underrepresented in leadership positions and may face discrimination in the workplace. Also, women are often socialized to be more modest and to minimize their accomplishments. This is why I spend a lot of time focusing on women entrepreneurship and harnessing their superpowers and soft skills to be successful in the workplace and in life. But anyone can feel imposter syndrome.