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Overcoming imposter syndrome: Confidence tips for small business leaders

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon that manifests as a persistent feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt.

For most people, it can lead them to question their educational backgrounds, certifications and training despite their achievements and reputation they work hard to establish.

Imposter syndrome can affect anyone, regardless of job or social status, but it tends to be more prevalent among women. In a 2022 study by KPMG, it was found that 75% of female executives from across various industries grapple with imposter syndrome.

Consequently, they might resort to working long hours in an attempt to overcompensate. Additionally, they may hesitate to ask questions or seek help, fearing exposure of their perceived inadequacies. This can also translate to a reluctance to take on challenging assignments or speak up when necessary.

Strategies on conquering imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome can be a significant barrier to success, but it is not insurmountable. We share some powerful strategies that women – or any person in business can use – to silence their inner critic build their confidence and thrive in their roles:

These expert-backed strategies are your key to building unshakeable confidence. Learn to quiet negative self-talk, celebrate your achievements and reframe challenges as opportunities to grow.

For South Australian small business leaders and their employees, mental health support is available through the Mental Health and Wellbeing Program, offering you a safe space to discuss your concerns and seek guidance to alleviate the symptoms of imposter syndrome.

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