Impostor Syndrome

What is impostor syndrome and can coaching help?

Do you suffer from impostor syndrome?

You can listen to this on my podcast.

A number of clients that I work with say they feel like a fake, an impostor at work.  They dread the moment when they will be found out and everyone realises they shouldn’t be there.  These feelings, beliefs and behaviours have been identified as Impostor Syndrome or Impostor Phenomenon and awareness has grown substantially over recent years, with many more people identifying this as one of their challenges. The term was first used in an article written by clinical psychologists, Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes in 1978.  It is present in many leaders and senior executives who have achieved a great deal and are respected by their peers – no matter how successful they are, or how many times they’ve been promoted, they still feel deep down they are there by chance.

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Coaching for change

Time to change the script?

What script am I talking about?

Have you noticed what the script inside your head is saying? You may never have actually noticed it – and you’re not alone in that.  But if you struggle with confidence, stepping out of your comfort zone, constantly beat yourself up, getting frustrated, not achieving your full potential, then it might be time for you to tune in to the script, the inner voice, and see what it’s staying and whether it’s actually useful.

The script that runs inside your head can influence everything you do, think, how you feel, how confident you are.  Sometimes it’s quiet and in the background, sometimes it gets really loud and makes it hard to think straight.  We all have it.  Many don’t realise it’s there, don’t hear it, others notice and some manage to challenge it and make changes. Read on to find out what we can do about it or listen to it here.

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inclusive leadership coaching

Why Inclusive Leadership?

And how to be an inclusive leader.

Few managers will be unaware of the fact that the workforce has now changed. To lead a successful team or business, they must be aware that there will be a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, beliefs and behaviours amongst their people and that speaking in one way, targeting one type of person is no longer enough to get their message across. It is important to practise inclusive leadership. Beside the fact that welcoming a variety of experiences and beliefs is absolutely the right thing to do, it can also create a healthier, more productive and creative workplace, that truly reflects society.

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Your beliefs are not facts

Change your limiting beliefs

Are your limiting beliefs holding you back?

On the simplest level, if you don’t feel generally satisfied, comfortable, strong about you and your place in the world, then it’s highly likely you will have some limiting beliefs holding you back. These can weigh you down and create an unhelpful narrative in your mind, which can be the instigator of impostor phenomenon or syndrome.

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unknown to known coaching

Unknown to known : making change easier

Unknown  known

Having the courage to face change

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

What is it about change that is so painful? It happens to us all the time and yet we cling on to things in the hope we can somehow avoid it. We dearly want things to remain the same and ignore the fact that change is one of the most constant aspects of life. As Heraclitus said “there is nothing permanent except change” and he was right, wasn’t he? If you find change uncomfortable, it can add a challenging layer to all that you do and that happens to you.

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