The Daily Challenge: Do you ever feel like a fraud?


Imposter syndrome is common, yet we don't really talk about it.


Feeling Like a Fraud.

Time to Read: 4 Mins

Imposter syndrome is common, up to 70% of us sometimes experience feelings related to impostor syndrome, yet we don't really talk about it.

So what is impostor syndrome? It’s often described as feeling like a fraud and feeling like you are where you are due to circumstance, serendipity, and luck rather than talent or skill.

And why is it harmful, you might ask? Feelings related to impostor syndrome can be harmful to your career development because they can chip away at your confidence and cause a lack of self-awareness around your skills and strengths.

Often those experiencing impostor syndrome can fail to recognize opportunities due to feeling under qualified, experience stress and even burnout, have a tendency to micromanage, find it difficult to delegate, and aren't able to celebrate successes. 

Today take a moment to think about this by following the steps below.

Step 1: Asses if you suffer from impostor syndrome. Take this test from New York Times magazine to determine if you suffer from impostor syndrome (3 mins).

Step 2: Identify how feeling a lack of confidence may be damaging. If you are experiencing feelings of impostor syndrome (or can see that one of your team members or co-workers is), reflect on how those feelings may be damaging to your career development.

Step 3: Consider what you can do to counteract feelings of impostor syndrome. This might mean making an effort to celebrate your wins, appreciating accomplishments, and recognizing that they are due to strengths and skills. 

Pro Tip: If you personally don't feel feelings of impostor syndrome, consider your team members of co-workers.

Can you identify anyone who may be experiencing impostor syndrome? If you are a team lead, it is your job to nurture and cultivate your team members and their talents. A team member's lack of confidence can be damaging not only to that individual but also to the team as a whole.

Whether you are a team lead or not, take care to celebrate the wins of others and give recognition when someone deserves it.

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