“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”… right? How to face/overcome imposter syndrome.
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”… right?
This famous line from Saturday Night Live’s “Daily Affirmations by Stuart Smalley” skit makes light of the self-doubt that many people experience. Joking aside, as a coach, I have worked with many accomplished leaders who experience this and wanted to share some of the key themes and strategies to help turn it around.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
In 1978, psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance first wrote about “imposter syndrome.” They observed it among high achievers who, despite accolades and credentials, felt they may, at any point, be unmasked as frauds.
The topic came up in our CliffsNotes Book Club discussion last month as we discussed She Thinks Like a Boss by Jenna Roedel (if you missed it, head to the portal to check out the fabulous notes Brenda Martineau prepared). This discussion led me to think about sharing the strategies I have put forward with executives who have experienced it.
Imposter Syndrome/Phenomenon – Key Takeaways and Strategies
As always, pile on your thoughts on the topic! I love to hear what ideas this sparks for you.