Have you ever felt like a fraud? Like you are winging it, and sooner or later someone is going to find out about your dirty little secret? Well, that’s what we call imposter syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is commonly characterized as an internalized struggle where individuals feel intellectually or professionally inadequate. It involves harboring self-doubt that is intertwined with anxiety and a profound fear of being exposed as a fraud. In the case of women, the biases are stereotypes prevalent in work environments can further amplify and intensify these emotions of not fitting and belonging.
A KPMG study finds 75% of female executives across industries have experienced imposter syndrome in their careers, which is a feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt that makes them continuously doubt if they are qualified enough for the job.
The concept of Imposter syndrome has gained widespread attention, with self-doubt and imposter syndrome being prevalent in workplaces. Women of colour, in particular, are often susceptible to experiencing such feelings. Understanding the reasons behind this and finding ways to address it is crucial.
It is important to acknowledge that despite receiving education and training, many individuals have been unable to overcome their self-doubt and embrace higher levels of success. The lack of role models and representation is just one factor that contributes to imposter syndrome.
To overcome this, it is essential to resolve feelings of self-doubt and the belief that we are frauds. While we may logically know our worth and capabilities, emotionally we often struggle to accept our accomplishments. Instead, we tend to attribute our success to luck, hard work or mere coincidence.
It is important to emphasise that experiencing imposter syndrome does not mean that something is wrong with us. Rather, that we need to learn how to effectively manage these emotions. We must avoid self-sabotaging our own success and cultivate a positive mindset. While humility is admirable. Excessive humility can actually hinder our progress, particularly if it further fuels feelings of self-doubt. By focusing on the present instead of getting caught up in future uncertainties or dwelling on past anxieties, we can gain clarity and release anxious thoughts.
It is crucial to remind ourselves that we are not imposters but rather extraordinary individuals capable of remarkable achievements.
“Cultivate confidence, Trust yourself to be able to just do it”
Founder W-Suite – Women Empowerment