August 2012 Sheerline Perspectives

Impostor Syndrome - How long before they find me out...!

21st August, 2012

During my career as an executive coach, I have met many senior managers and leaders who suffered from a feeling that they weren't quite up to their job. This feeling is known as the“Impostor Syndrome” and it is the irrational fear that "someone will find me out" and show everyone else that "I am not up it". It can affect people in any sector or role and can cause anxiety, distress and a tendency not to take action which can all lead to below standard performance.