Imposter syndrome is the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills. If we’re really honest most of us have suffered from imposter syndrome to a greater or lesser extent.
It’s a common feeling. Even great achievers such as Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein have felt like frauds. Just some of the lies our imposter syndrome voice tells us are you haven’t earned your accomplishments or that your skills and experience are not worthy of other’s attention. Imposter syndrome if left to get out of hand can be very destructive.
These feelings in the workplace can easily be blown out of all proportion especially in high-stress jobs with constant critiques both externally and from our own judgment. If left unchecked feelings of imposter syndrome can become highly damaging and lead to constant anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism and fear of failure. Our inner critic will tell us we are phoneys in our own roles and we’re falsely held back by our own broken thoughts. These feelings can equally be damaging on a business level when talented employees don’t value their own abilities.
So how do we ‘call-out’ that critical inner voice that has such an influence in us reaching our potential, feeling a sense of achievement and ultimately being happy in both our professional and personal life?
Lou Solomon, author, TEDx speaker and CEO of Interact has some useful insight on ‘The Surprising Solution to the Imposter Syndrome’.
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