Please, No More Imposter Syndrome 

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on imposter syndrome the image shows a man holding a fake mustache to his lip and wearing dark sunglasses.

Do you feel like you are an imposter?

Probably, because I hear it often in my executive coaching practice.

It’s common for my leadership clients to question their abilities and describe themselves as feeling like imposters in their roles. But did you know that the term ‘imposter syndrome’ is a pet peeve of mine?

I feel like people grab the word because they hear it so often. But what I think people  are  saying when they use it is: “I  feel  like  I’m  in  a  new  role  or  I  have  a  new  responsibility  and  there’s  so  much  to  learn.” 

I want to flip the script on “imposter syndrome” and view it as an opportunity for growth instead.

Going forward, whenever that word comes into your head, I encourage you to think “No,  this is me learning. This is me on my growth edge.

Every new responsibility is a chance to learn and evolve.

So let’s banish the term “imposter syndrome” from our vocabulary and embrace a mindset of “growth syndrome” instead.

Rather than doubting ourselves, let’s recognize that we’re on a journey of continual improvement and development.

By reframing our mindset, we can turn moments of uncertainty into opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

So the next time you feel like an imposter, remember: you’re not faking it—you’re growing into your potential.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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