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Imposter syndrome

What Causes Imposter Syndrome? Imposter syndrome is likely the result of multiple factors, including personality traits (such as perfectionism) and family background. One theory is that imposter syndrome is rooted in families that value achievement above all else.


As a leader, what should you do when you have a member of your high-performing team who feels like an imposter on the job? Is your leadership approach part of the solution or part of the problem? “Imposter syndrome” is the study of highly accomplished women who felt intellectually fraudulent despite their professional accomplishments. The term impostor phenomenon was coined in 1978 by Georgia State University psychology professor Pauline Clance and psychologist Suzanne Imes in a study of high-achieving women. These psychologists discovered that many of their female clients seemed unable to internalize and accept their achievements.


Dr. Valerie Young wrong a informative book on this subject. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It.


Today, research suggests that up to 70% of women and men are impacted by imposter syndrome at some point. It is manifested negatively in employees through thoughts and behaviors such as self-doubt, anxiety, procrastination, burnout, and depression.



Servant leaders, who put the needs of other people first, can greatly improve the work environment for those who feel like “imposters”.


Learn about perspectives from a servant leader on enabling talented individuals to find a support network, learn how to reframe challenging situations, and experience the confidence of “non-imposters”.


As part of this leadership value can make a difference in how people care, championing and coaching. You can make a difference. Be visible and take action as a leader, show by example. If you want to stop being an impostor activity work to transform how you act as yourself. If you don't like what you see, you can work on yourself. Be pacient with yourself and love yourself.


It is important to recognize Causations.



Learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as bright and capable as others already know you are with this award-winning book by Valerie Young.


Though the impostor phenomenon isn't an official diagnosis listed in the DSM, psychologists and others acknowledge that it is a very real and specific form of intellectual self-doubt. Impostor feelings are generally accompanied by anxiety and, often, depression.


Think and act like a non-impostor!





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