Imposter Syndrome – Roots and Solutions

Many of us suffer from imposter syndrome. We doubt our skills, talents, or accomplishments and we have a fear of being exposed as a “”fraud”. We’re remarkably tough on ourselves!

Imposter Syndrome can show up in the context of work, relationships, friendships or just overall. It’s a very common and frustrating phenomenon because it holds us back from the self-confidence we’ve earned and deserve to feel.  It affects a significant portion of the workforce worldwide.

In recent years, it’s gained increasing attention as Smart Leaders recognise its detrimental effects on employee well-being, performance and ultimately productivity. These Leaders acknowledge the impact of feeling inadequate and work to empower colleagues through targeted development interventions designed to mitigate its effects. That’s why we’ve built and delivered a programme that provides a solution for you.

It’s Roots

Imposter syndrome stems from a complex mix of internal and external factors. Individuals who experience these feelings tend to attribute their accomplishments to luck or external circumstances, rather than acknowledging their own abilities and efforts.

Like many psychological phenomena, it involves complex interactions within the brain, including the amygdala, which plays a central role in processing emotions and responses to perceived threats.

But while the amygdala’s involvement in imposter syndrome underscores its emotional and psychological dimensions, it’s important to recognise that this lack of self belief is not solely determined by neurobiology.

Past experiences of criticism or perfectionism, societal pressures and comparison to others also contribute to feelings of inadequacy. So, we can see that addressing imposter syndrome requires a multifaceted approach that considers both individual and organisational factors.

How We Help?

We know that fostering a supportive and empowering work environment is essential for combatting imposter syndrome. By providing a targeted development programme, we equip your colleagues with the tools and strategies needed to overcome self-doubt and build confidence. Here’s how our Smart Skills Programme can work in your business:

Awareness and Education

Our sessions raise awareness about imposter syndrome, helping employees recognise its signs and understand its prevalence. By normalising discussions around imposter syndrome, our facilitators foster a culture of openness and support where employees feel comfortable seeking help and sharing their experiences.

Skill Development

Our smart skill-building workshops focus on developing resilience, self-confidence and assertiveness. Through practical exercises and interactive discussions, employees learn how to challenge negative thought patterns, embrace their strengths and navigate challenges with confidence.

Peer Support and Mentorship

We’re all about leaving a lasting legacy of skills and knowledge in your business. How? By making sure you have the support you need every step of the way.

We’re here to help you create opportunities for colleagues to connect with peers and mentors. We Networking events, mentorship programme and employee resource groups designed just for you. These are spaces where your people can share experiences, learn from successes and setbacks and grow together.

Why is this so important? Because it’s a powerful way to tackle imposter syndrome head-on. When people realise they’re not alone and can lean on others for support, those feelings of self-doubt start to fade away. So the shared vision becomes building this network together and conquering imposter syndrome once and for all.

Leadership and Role Modeling

The folk at the top play a crucial role in setting the tone for a positive work culture too. By openly discussing their own experiences with imposter syndrome and modeling vulnerability, leaders create a supportive environment where employees feel valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

Ongoing Support and Resources

Overcoming imposter syndrome is an ongoing process. If we work in  partnership, your people will have 24/7 access to our online learning modules to support employees on their journey toward self-confidence and professional growth.

The Truth

Truth is imposter syndrome plagues professionals at every level, spanning various industries. But our advice is to tackle this pervasive challenge head-on. So just imagine a workplace where your team members confidently embrace their strengths and excel in their roles. With our tailored approach, we foster a culture of support, collaboration and ongoing learning.

By investing in our services, you’re not just addressing imposter syndrome – you’re empowering your colleagues to unleash their full potential and make a tangible impact within your organisation.

Contact us if you are interested in creating a workforce that thrives on confidence and success. Email to arrange a chat with Olly, our lead facilitator on this programme.