Impostor Syndrome in the C-Suite - #040
Have you ever felt out of place or worried that you haven’t earned your success, despite knowing at your core that you are a high-performing female leader? If so, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that 70% of people experience impostor syndrome at some point in their lives. This common cognitive phenomenon leaves us questioning our worthiness and intelligence and traps us in a cycle of anxiety, perfectionism, and worry that keeps us from reaching our full potential. In this episode of the Wired to Win podcast, you’ll hear how impostor syndrome affects entrepreneurs, leaders, and C-level women. Plus, you’ll learn how to rewire your brain to banish impostor syndrome for good.
Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon that tricks high-achieving individuals into worrying their success is not based on their merit but rather a result of luck or other factors. Impostor syndrome is common among people entering new, competitive situations like graduate programs or coveted internships.
But it doesn’t stop there. Impostor syndrome can affect anyone, from the entry-level fresh-from-school newbie to the C-level executives. And even women who have worked for decades to prove their worth can still fall victim to it.
In its least intrusive moments, impostor syndrome is a nagging feeling in our stomachs that keeps us from asking questions or offering our perspectives. At its most insidious, it prevents us from accepting new opportunities, embracing challenges, and becoming fulfilled, sustainable leaders.
The origins of impostor syndrome and the psychologists behind the research
The common symptoms of impostor syndrome
Why women and minorities are more susceptible to impostor syndrome
What a typical impostor syndrome cycle looks like, and why it’s so difficult to break out of
How rewiring your brain to reframe thoughts about achievement, differences, and worthiness can help break the cycle of impostor syndrome
- What you stand to gain when we stop feeling like a fraud and begin embracing challenges
- How a breakthrough in thinking can become the difference between an impostor and an authority And more!
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