RESOURCE
  • Behaviour

How to Avoid Imposter Anxiety

Advice from Wharton on how leaders can find authenticity and counter imposter syndrome

 

By downloading this resource your information will be shared with its authors. Full privacy statement.

The Peter Principle: “Managers rise to the level of their incompetence”

Laurence J. Peter’s 1969 theory may be an exaggeration but it has resonance for all but the most overtly self-confident when they transition to senior leadership.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

Click here to understand the dynamics of imposter syndrome and how executive education can provide the catalyst for overcoming it [PDF download]………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Having ascended the corporate ladder and having a solid track record of professional achievement there is no real reason for feeling ill-equipped for the next step-up in their careers. Yet for many managers the more advancement they make, the more they feel a nagging anxiety that the people they work with and for will soon discover they’re a fraud.

People who feel this imposter syndrome are not alone, as by definition transitioning-up represents a stretch beyond their comfort zone.

“The imposter syndrome arises when success as an executive depends on talents and skill sets they haven’t had to think about earlier in their career. Newly minted leaders face an unexpected array of challenges that require a more strategic mindset.” Professor Michael Useem, Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School.


At Wharton, we combine theory and practice with an industry perspective to deliver in-depth knowledge for immediate impact. More than 10,000 executives attend our programs annually.



ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

BOOK REVIEW

Playing a Longer Game

VIEWPOINT

The Curse of Knowledge: Why Experts Struggle to Explain Their Work

Senior Lecturer in Management Communication at MIT Sloan, Miro Kazakoff, explains why—even armed with insights based on sound data—leaders are still often failing to persuade their audience

VIEWPOINT

How to Master Upward Influence

BOOK REVIEW

Being Brave at Work

BOOK REVIEW

Learn Digital Body Language



 
Close
Google Analytics Alternative