Rebecca Allen, Founder of Illuminate Personal Growth, describes the psychology behind imposter syndrome, how it permeates the workplace, and how to deal with it before it hinders your personal and professional growth.


In the first of our three-episode Leadership + Self-Development series with Rebecca Allen, we discuss the concept of imposter syndrome and overcoming it to build confidence. She reveals how this common psychological phenomena affects even the most accomplished and prolific personalities today.

Using what she calls “magma values”, Rebecca gives examples of how imposter syndrome correlates to the fear of failure and desire for acceptance, particularly our sense of worth. “I’ve worked with women before who went through leadership programmes but still struggle with confidence and have basic issues of esteem because that has never been looked at.”

Such a mentality is thought to be prevalent across all industries, according to research from the International Journal of Behavioral Science. Some 70 per cent of people experience imposter syndrome at one point in their professional lives.

Watch the video below for the full conversation and find out how you can jump out of that obstructive headspace.

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Rebecca Allen is a Career Coach and has coached hundreds of female managers and early leaders over the last decade to help them realise their true potential and become their brilliance. Her Inner Circle is a supportive community of professional women, coaches and mentors. Her focus is on helping members achieve their purpose, whether that is being paid what they are worth, being promoted, creating new opportunities for themselves or becoming the role models they want to be.

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