Everyone feels like they don’t belong on their first day in the new office—but what if that feeling persisted past day one? How about the entirety of your career, even as you climbed the ladder and became a successful executive? It’s called imposter syndrome (the illusion of being unfit or inadequate for a position despite evidence of success) and it’s more common than you may think.
This phenomenon can be found at all levels of your organization. In this article, we explore three archetypes of experienced employees who may secretly struggle with executive imposter syndrome and learn about the basic tricks for dealing with the imposter syndrome successfully. There is no one-fits-all solution, so climb on board while we discuss:
You may not think that the all-star at the office—the “first in, last out” overachiever—would ever question his or her abilities, but the truth is that sometimes people overwork because they feel like they have something to prove. In fact, some of the most productive employees are most afraid of being outed as frauds, which leads to over preparing for every meeting,, and consistently fixating on that next big promotion or recognition.
Yet, when they ultimately receive those accolades, they often attribute it to luck or external circumstances rather than their own accomplishments—and try to work even harder to prove themselves all over again. Talk about a vicious cycle!
Like the overachiever described above, the perfectionist employee can seem like the last person you need to worry about. After all, they probably do admirable work! But perfectionism has a dark side when it becomes obsessive and destructive, such as not being able to let small mistakes go or burning out in the quest to make everything just so.
In fact,; if an employee doesn’t feel that they can meet their demanding standards, they may push it off as long as possible to avoid “failure.” Do you have a notorious procrastinator in your midst? They may be simply struggling with lofty standards and the fear of inadequacy.
If new hires are on one end of the spectrum, CEOs are on the other. People tend to look to these executives as all-knowing, when in realityon any given day. Gasp! It can’t be true, right? A found that being thought of as incompetent is the number one fear of executives around the world.
As a result, some CEOs may become more withdrawn, falling victim to executive imposter syndrome. In, 60% of respondents admitted that their fears affected their behavior with fellow company leaders. These fears also led to some pretty nasty stuff, including:
As you can see, imposter syndrome comes in many forms… and it’s not just for. Luckily, the solution to this widespread issue is simple (though we are not saying it’s easy):
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