You’re probably very familiar with the term ‘Impostor Syndrome.’
The term ‘Impostor Syndrome’ was originally coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes in a study of high achieving women. Clance later described it as the Impostor Phenomenon or Experience – simply because it’s something that most of us experience, have experienced or will experience at some time in our lives!
Here’s their original definition:
‘Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the (IMPOSTOR) syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.’
My Impostor showed up big time when I got my first senior role – I had no idea such a thing as the ‘Impostor Syndrome’ even existed so had no idea that I could actually do something about it. I learned later of course that it is common when you are stepping up or out to feel vulnerable, exposed, ‘different’ or to feel like a fish out of water. I thought it was just me not being good enough!
But help is at hand – My Impostor Phenomenon workshops have proved really popular because you can identify when your Impostor appears, HOW it shows up (because it’s not the same for everyone) AND get some great and really simple and practical strategies that WILL work for you too so that you can start to say Bye-Bye to the Impostor when he/she/it is looming large.
So please don’t think your Impostor will be with you for ever – it doesn’t have to be that way!
If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘anti-Impostor’ workshops please get in touch.
These workshops are particularly useful for leaders and managers who are stepping up, transitioning and those of you (most of us!) who want to develop your presence and confidence.
Click on the link below to download your copy of my Imposter Syndrome checklist: