3 Strategies to help you cope with imposter syndrome
Updated: Aug 1
Imposter Syndrome is a pattern of doubting your accomplishments and having a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. Feeling like you don’t deserve the success you have achieved, is ultimately the fear of success.
Studies show that over 75% of women executives and nearly 50% of male executives may suffer from Imposter Syndrome at some point during their careers. If you’re an Executive with Imposter Syndrome, it can negatively affect your management style. You may experience complaints from direct reports who question your judgement
and develop poor collaborative relationships.
If you think you might suffer from Imposter Syndrome, here are 3 tips that may help you: 1. Recognize that no one knows everything. As an executive, you are not expected to have all the answers. Embrace the idea that it's okay to seek advice, ask for help, or collaborate with others. 2. Set realistic goals and celebrate achievements. Break down larger tasks into smaller, achievable goals. Praise your accomplishments, no matter how small, and acknowledge your efforts. 3. Instead of dwelling on perceived shortcomings, focus on your strengths, skills, and past achievements that have led you to your current position. It may take a while for this feeling to fade away. However, over time you’ll develop confidence, and the self-doubt of Imposter Syndrome will dissipate.
Lisa Chubinsky, CTS, CPC
Lisa is a Partner with Philadelphia based New River Search, LLC a National Search Firm specialized in Executive Placements for the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Industries.
Lisa has decades of experience as a nationally known Executive Recruiter, where she’s successfully placed and coached thousands of candidates. She applies her knowledge and expertise at New Career Directions, a division of New River Search LLC where she and her team provide Career Coaching, Resume Writing, Talent and Leadership Development, and Outplacement Services.