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Managing Imposter Syndrome

Managing Imposter Syndrome

Managing Imposter Syndrome

Lots of people feel the effects of imposter syndrome, which happens when there's a mismatch between how we present ourselves and how we feel inside. This can lead to self-doubt. Those experiencing imposter syndrome often worry they'll be exposed as a "fraud" by friends, colleagues, and family.

What is the impact of Imposter syndrome?

The impact of imposter syndrome can be deep and wide-ranging.

On the inside, it can lead to self-doubt, anxiety, and depression, as individuals fear being seen as "not enough." This inner turmoil often spills over into their performance, leading them to fall short of their true potential due to self-doubt. They might shy away from challenges they would otherwise take on, ultimately hindering their growth and self-actualisation.

The ripple effect of imposter syndrome doesn't just stop at the individual; it can also affect their interactions with others, whether that's in a group, family, or team setting. Under-performance can result in less-than-ideal dynamics, impacting the collective.

Getting help for imposter syndrome can be tough, especially since it's a topic not frequently discussed in the open. Most people suffering from it, by nature, prefer to keep it under wraps. And, there are not many specialised training programmes out there that focus on addressing imposter syndrome.

Overcoming imposter syndrome involves reconciling your inner-self, with the way you present yourself to the world.

A balanced personality doesn't exhibit a major discrepancy between the two, allowing individuals to express themselves with clarity, freedom, and self-assurance. This leads to a harmonious self-image that is free from internal conflicts.

Embarking on the journey to tackle imposter syndrome requires a concerted effort to align your thoughts, feelings, and actions, ensuring there's no discord between how you feel inside and how you present yourself. This alignment is a crucial step towards successfully managing imposter syndrome and reaching your full potential.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

If you would like to learn more about managing imposter syndrome, please attend our Overcoming Imposter Syndrome course.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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