What is imposter syndrome?
Interestingly, Gallup.com have researched this and they summarise imposter syndrome as follows:
Despite your achievements, you wonder whether you are as talented as everyone thinks you are. You suspect that luck and circumstance, not your strengths, might explain much of your success. The anxious little voice in your ear whispers, “When will you be found out?” and, against your better judgment, you listen.
For this reason, leaders won’t ask for help. Just in case someone realises that they shouldn’t be in the job. However, as a coach, we can question whether all of this is true. Interestingly, whenever, I ask the question, the answer comes back. Simply, it is not true. People are worried or fearful, or uncertain. They are not an imposter who does not belong in the job.
Without a doubt, a little bit of coaching can assist here. Particularly to help people focus on their strengths. In addition, to quiet down the negative talk and build confidence.