Confronting Imposter Syndrome and Learning how to Succeed



Imposter Syndrome can affect individuals regardless of gender, experience, or background. It leaves individuals questioning their ability and right to be in a job or company. This article from Vol. 9 of the Armstrong Craven Review explores how people experiencing Imposter Syndrome can steer themselves toward success with the correct guidance, self-help strategies, and support.

Have you ever managed employees who are feeling out of place, undeserving of a promotion, or unconfident among their peers? Research has found that 70% of people will experience imposter syndrome, a condition that makes individuals feel inadequate and raises doubts about their worthiness of a new job or promotion. With mental health being such an important societal issue, it is vital for everyone in a business, from leaders to HR to the general workforce, to understand imposter syndrome, so they can support each other in overcoming it and stay on the path to success. 

Women in senior or leadership roles are more commonly affected by Imposter Syndrome, as they often develop feelings of loneliness, especially in male-dominated environments. As many as 75% of women in executive roles will experience imposter syndrome at some point in their careers. Organisations ensuring diverse representation through all levels of their business must further enhance their support networks for those struggling with the condition.

Key questions and topics explored in the article:

  • What imposter syndrome is and who is affected.
  • Five types of imposter syndrome.
  • How we can still be successful at work whilst experiencing imposter syndrome. 
  • Are there any upsides to the condition? 
  • How can leaders and the workforce support each other to overcome imposter syndrome? 

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At Armstrong Craven, we understand the importance of compassion, mental well-being, diversity and inclusion in the workforce. With a track record spanning over 30 years in DE&I work, we provide talent-insights by conducting research projects that identify root causes of underrepresentation.

Our approach to understanding the motivations, barriers and career choices at local, regional, national or global levels results in actionable insights for clients to improve their DE&I initiatives. This research-based approach allows us to delve deep into an organisation’s markets, gathering vital insights into competitors and discovering niche talent.