• Tara Humphrey

The Reality of Impostor Syndrome

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Hands down, the best aspect of my role is getting to meet and work with so many amazing people. However, you may, or may not be surprised to find that probably 90% of the people I work with share the feeling that their ideas and how they execute their role isn’t good enough. Aka, that dreaded impostor syndrome!

Impostor syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". The term was coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes.

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, as in reality, I believe 99.9% of the population experience this - myself included, but every day I am surrounded by talented people, with great ideas who sadly think “who am I to be leading this”, “I’m not suitably qualified”, or “I don’t have enough experience”.

If only you could see what I see, and know what I know, which is:

• You have brilliant ideas, but just because not every one can be acted on, this isn't cause to doubt yourself.

• Everyone can point to someone else who they feel is better than them (when the truth is that you are all amazing!)

• We all wonder in our heads “did I just say something stupid?”

• At least one of your colleagues was thinking in the last meeting “I have no idea what was just said.”

• You DO know what you’re talking about.

• You wouldn’t be where you are now and be so highly thought of if you didn’t have a clue.

I hope this post made you smile and the next time that little voice creeps into your head, you will think of this post 😊