Imposter Syndrome

Studies show that 85% of working adults feel inadequate or incompetent at work and 70% of people experience ‘imposter syndrome’ at some point in their career.

Imposter syndrome is the name given to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their success and accomplishments despite strong evidence to the contrary. Impostor syndrome often begins with an accomplishment, like a new job, completion of a degree or another competency or milestone.

One or more of these workplace indicators suggest that team members are prone to imposter syndrome:

1. Being a workaholic – working longer hours than everyone else, not taking time off, struggling to relax.

2. Being a perfectionist – never satisfied with anything less than perfection, struggling to delegate or micromanaging.

3. Being strong – never asking for help, being independent, not fully working with the team.

4. Being the expert – needing to know everything yet never knowing enough, constantly seeking more knowledge and facts.

Source: Training Journal


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