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The benefits of imposter syndrome

I've always talked openly about experiencing imposter syndrome all through my career and it appears that I'm not alone!  According to this article in the FT, roughly 70% of us have experienced imposter syndrome at some point in our careers.  The other point that surprised me was that I had always assumed that women generally are more likely to experience imposter syndrome, than men.  However, most recent studies confirm that there is no significant difference between genders.

I've always tried to channel my imposter syndrome in a positive way - but I've not always felt that I've been successful with this.  From reading through this article, it confirms that there is upside if you can channel your imposter syndrome in the right way.  An upcoming paper from MIT Sloan School of Management professor Basima Tewfik, suggests that those who experience imposter syndrome are more likely to have an advantage over other colleagues through their team work, interpersonal and other social skills.

So, a different perspective from the normally more negative approach related to imposter syndrome. As ever, always interested to hear what you think!

Most of us — roughly 70 per cent, research suggests — have at one time or another suffered from what is known as “imposter syndrome”.


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