Is Imposter Syndrome Holding You Back At Work?

Imposter syndrome. A term you’ve undoubtedly come across at some point whilst scrolling through LinkedIn. In a 2018 study carried out by Access Commercial Finance, 62% of us have experienced imposter syndrome at work with 18-34 year olds more likely to encounter it than any other age group.

Feeling like you’re a bit of a fraud can impact anyone, regardless of your profession or how high you’ve climbed up the corporate ladder. It’s also a lot more common in successful people than you may think. People like Howard Schultz (Chairman Emeritus of Starbucks), Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer of Facebook) and Michelle Obama (former First Lady of the United States) have all admitted to experiencing imposter syndrome.

What even is Imposter Syndrome? 

The concept of imposter syndrome was first coined in the 1970s by psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose Clance in their research article “The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention”. It’s defined as ‘the feeling of anxiety or self-doubt that results from persistently undervaluing one’s competence and active role in achieving success, while falsely attributing one’s accomplishments to luck or other external forces’

How can Imposter Syndrome affect you at work? 

Starting to feel like an imposter can be down to a range of factors. Exciting things like starting a new job, receiving a promotion or being given new responsibilities can trigger feelings of self-doubt or inadequacy. Feeling like an imposter and being overly critical of yourself can decrease your productivity in the workplace as well as reduce your overall wellbeing.

3 Tips for Managing Imposter Syndrome 

1. Celebrate your achievements

Remembering how far you’ve come in your career can help you realise all the positive things you’ve already achieved. Make a special folder for compliments, accomplishments and praise to remind yourself that your success isn’t an accident but because of you and your hard work.

2. Share how you feel

Acknowledging how you feel and sharing your concerns with your colleagues can help you feel like you’re not alone. Your team members are there to support you and after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.

3. Stop chasing perfectionism

Something easier said than done! Constantly striving for perfection could be holding you back. Instead of trying to avoid failure, try setting more realistic and achievable goals and accept that making mistakes is a learning opportunity.

Become more confident in your professional abilities with one of our upcoming courses… 

Speaking with Impact
Thursday 19th September, Central London

Join communications consultant Sandra Miller on this one-day interactive training course to maximise your verbal communication. You will receive individual feedback to improve your communication skills and take away tips and techniques on how to prepare yourself for your next presentation, pitch, public speaking engagement, or just a chat by the watercooler.

Confident Copywriting
Wednesday 16th October, Central London

Learn how to research your audience effectively, collate and articulate information quickly without losing key points or tone of voice, and frame your message in a way that will gain a positive response every time.

Managing A High-Performing Sales Team
Thursday 14th November, Central London

Whether you are new to managing a sales team or looking to hone existing skills, this course has been specifically designed to enable you to understand your own leadership style, know how to effectively manage performance and gain the tools to keep your teams highly-motivated throughout the year.

Effective Social Media Marketing and Paid Social
Thursday 21st November, Central London

Through tutor led sessions and laptop-based exercises, you will gain hands on access to useful social media tools and see the impact they can have. You will also be able to take away a social media toolkit that can be implemented within your own organisation.

Want to get involved in the conversation? 

What are your tips for dealing with imposter syndrome? You can tweet us using #UMGTraining @UMGTraining or find us on LinkedIn.

If you would like to discuss any of the details you have read in this blog; including our upcoming courses, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

Can’t make the date?

If you can’t make the date of these courses, we can run any course In-House at your organisation or a venue of your choice, on a date to suit you. Bringing your team together for a group training event is a great team building exercise, and we work closely with you to develop a bespoke training agenda that is completely tailored to your organisation’s requirements.

Contact our In-House training team on [email protected] or call 0800 542 9414 to find out more.