Have you ever felt that you are a fraud and that good luck has got you the job you’re in? That one day you will be ‘found out’ for being fake?
Employers can you spot the signs of impostor syndrome? Would you know what to do about it?
Recent research* has revealed that two thirds of women have experienced impostor syndrome in the last 12 months, with 70% experiencing it at some point in their life time.
The research explores the link between impostor syndrome in the work place and it’s impact on home and family life. It concludes that emotional exhaustion caused by impostor syndrome has a negative impact on home and family life. Work/life balance is even more of a struggle to maintain.
Suffers are unable to recognise or believe their successes. The doubt in their own abilities results in over compensation leading to fatigue and dissatisfaction.
The research promotes that employers have a role to play in spotting and managing this situation. This will benefit talent management and succession planning - impostor syndrome effects high achievers. Lack of confidence and negative ‘self talk’ can be a barrier to advancement to the detriment of the individual and organisation.
Managers can be trained to look out for signs. Is an employee over preparing? Is she overly critical of her work? Does she over estimate mistakes? Comments made can be a helpful pointer. For example, ‘if I can do it then anyone can’ and ‘I was in the right place at the right time’ may suggest the belief that good fortune rather than ability and achievement has got them to where they are.
The research identifies the contribution of 1-2-1 coaching. Confidence will grow and with that a realisation that success is the consequence of ability and talent. I have always held the firm belief that success in one area cannot compensate for failure in another. Overcoming impostor syndrome will improve home and work life to the benefit of employee and employer.
Please get in contact to discuss how I can help you whether you are an organisation or individual.
* South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Houston Universities.