These days, it seems imposter syndrome is more common than ever before, especially among women. Imposter syndrome at work comes from a feeling that you haven't really
achieved anything because you aren't truly
good at your job and you are not worthy of your success. As such, women who suffer from imposter syndrome often don't try to go after what they really want, as, deep down, they do not believe that they deserve it.
In her legendary book Lean In
, Sheryl Sandberg points out, that if you "ask a man to explain his success he will typically credit his own innate qualities and skills. Ask a woman the same and she will attribute her success to external factors, insisting she did well because she 'worked really hard', or 'got lucky', or 'had help from others'". A study addressed in Lean In
found that "in situations where a man and a woman each receive negative feedback, the woman's self-confidence and self-esteem drop to a much greater degree."
Statistics prove that, when a man sees a job posting, if he feels he can perform 60% of the requirements in the job description, he will apply. Conversely, women will only apply to jobs if they believe they meet at least 90% of the job requirements. Even if a woman can meet nearly every single job requirement, she will often not believe that she is worthy of even applying for the job.
If you recognise imposter syndrome in yourself, admit it to yourself first. Talk to some other women, to know that you are not alone and that many women suffer from the feeling of self-doubt. It is important to talk about it, analyse your skills and achievements critically and prove to yourself, that your achievements are not a matter of luck, but a result of your hard work.