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FREE Impostor Syndrome Trigger Checklist

Many of us experience imposter syndrome at some point in our lives, and it can be a major roadblock to success. And while it’s a common experience, it can be difficult to overcome.

From perfectionism to comparison syndrome, these triggers can be sneaky and insidious. But armed with the right tools and strategies, you can overcome imposter syndrome and achieve your goals.

Use our Impostor Syndrome Checklist to determine the triggers that resonate the most with you.   

If you are struggling with impostor syndrome contact me today for a free no-obligation discovery conversation.

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Strategies for Leaders to Tackle Impostor Syndrome and Cultivate Growth 



In your career, you may have experienced imposter syndrome – that nagging voice telling you that you can’t do something, you’re not good enough, you don’t know enough, or that you will labeled a fraud. 

In a previous blog article, we discussed that it’s normal for leaders to feel unsure about themselves and using these feelings for growth. If leaders acknowledge and accept that they are experiencing impostor syndrome, this will be a game-changer for them and their team.

Here are five specific actions that leaders can take to manage their impostor syndrome while nurturing growth and ambition within their teams:

  1. Encourage a Growth Mindset Culture: Actively promote a growth mindset emphasizing learning, development, and resilience. Acknowledging efforts, strategies, and progress rather than only focusing on innate talent or immediate success are actions to promote a growth mindset. By celebrating learning curves and perseverance, leaders create an environment that encourages taking risks and learning from mistakes.
  2. Openly Share Personal Experiences: Share their experiences of grappling with impostor syndrome or self-doubt. Leaders create a more relatable and supportive atmosphere by being vulnerable and sharing stories of overcoming challenges. This openness helps team members realize that feelings of doubt are common and manageable, fostering a sense of camaraderie and understanding.
  3. Provide Ongoing Feedback and Support: Regular, constructive feedback and support are crucial for individuals with impostor syndrome. Leaders can offer specific feedback highlighting strengths and areas for improvement while providing guidance and resources for skill enhancement. Regular check-ins help individuals feel supported and on track.
  4. Set Realistic and Challenging Goals: Encourage employees to set realistic yet challenging goals that push them out of their comfort zones. Setting achievable stretch goals motivates team members to strive for improvement and growth continuously. Leaders should provide adequate support and resources to help achieve these goals.
  5. Promote a Culture of Continuous Learning: Encourage continuous learning and development through workshops, training programs, mentorship, and access to resources to help combat impostor syndrome. Skill development will boost the confidence and competence level of team members. 

With these proactive steps, leaders will create an environment where team members feel supported, motivated, and empowered to manage their impostor syndrome while promoting a culture of growth and ambition.

If you are ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program. The PowerUp Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starts February 15th. 

For more information and to register.  

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Recognizing Impostor Syndrome: A Valuable Asset for Leaders

Have you heard of impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is a powerful but often misunderstood concept. Contrary to what many believe, acknowledging and accepting that impostor syndrome occurs among women and men in leadership roles can be a game-changer.

Here are five reasons why recognizing and accepting impostor syndrome is critical for growth, innovation, and authenticity in leadership.  

  1. Growing and Being Ambitious: Impostor syndrome doesn’t mean someone is not good enough. It shows that a person is always trying to improve. When leaders discuss it, they create a place where everyone can keep learning and growing. Dealing with self-doubt from impostor syndrome pushes people to try new things and aim higher. 
  2. Being Real and True as a Leader: When leaders acknowledge and accept that they sometimes doubt themselves and talk about it openly with their team members, this humanizes leaders, builds trust, and creates a positive workplace. 
  3. Encouraging New and Creative Ideas: Impostor syndrome can lead to finding new and unique solutions. Embracing moments of doubt promotes an environment where creative ideas flourish, leading to breakthroughs and new perspectives.
  4. Encouraging Inclusivity and Diversity: Openly discussing impostor syndrome breaks barriers and promotes inclusivity. Regardless of gender or position, this shared experience makes everyone feel like they belong. Normalizing it among leaders supports different opinions, helping people make better choices and find solutions.
  5. Empowering Personal and Professional Development: Accepting impostor syndrome encourages individuals to seek personal and professional growth support. Leaders who accept impostor syndrome encourage individuals to self-reflect and seek mentorship and peer support.

Being a great leader sometimes means feeling unsure about yourself, and that’s okay. It’s about being aware and using it for growth. By accepting impostor syndrome, leaders create an environment of growth, authenticity, creativity, and inclusiveness. 

Ultimately, it’s essential to recognize that impostor syndrome is not a sign of weakness. It shows that someone wants to grow and improve. It’s time for leaders to talk about impostor syndrome and improve workplaces. 

If you are ready to power up your leadership presence and address impostor syndrome, join my colleague, Anita Torres, PCC, and me in our live virtual program. The PowerUp Your Leadership Presence – How to Beat Impostor Syndrome starts February 15th. 

For more information and to register.  

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Do you feel like luck played a big part in your success?

If you want to beat impostor syndrome, join us for our ‘Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome’ program. The program begins October 12. Early bird pricing ends October 6.

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Are you afraid that people are calling you a fraud behind your back?

Are you afraid that people are calling you a fraud behind your back? If you answered yes, then you may be experiencing a degree of impostor syndrome.

There are varying degrees of impostor syndrome. It doesn’t affect everybody the same way. Don’t navigate away because you don’t think you fit the profile.

Impostor syndrome can creep into our lives in different ways. And it can gain momentum. Address it early and save yourself the heartache, frustration, and deferred happiness that comes with impostor syndrome.

Impostor syndrome has far-reaching consequences. It can:

– Destroy your confidence

– Prevent you from seeking new opportunities

– Leave you exhausted and frustrated

– Have a devastating effect on business performance

– Stop you from reaching your potential

Let’s explore strategies to break free from the grip of imposter syndrome.

Join us for our introductory IS workshop, September 28.


The early bird price of $99 US ends September 22.

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Are you feeling like you’re faking it at work?


As a woman leader, you’ve probably faced slip ups, challenges, or bad decision-making. It’s a normal part of business life. You’re not alone! 

Many women leaders, including us, have experienced the same challenges, felt the strong emotions, and have felt a sense of unworthiness, self-blame, or negativity that you JUST CAN’T BEAT. 

When I started my own business as a coach and trainer, I often compared myself to others feeling I wasn’t ‘as good as them.’ Through my own professional development and growth mindset, I realized that what I offer is unique and effective for the clients I support.

When my colleague, Anita Torres, started her business, her clients branded her Anita, the Passionista. It took her years to have the confidence and courage to go out in public for fear of ridicule or feeling like a fraud. In her head that meant she could only ‘BE’ the Passionista if she was jolly, happy, and free of negativity.

If you think you’re the only person struggling with impostor syndrome – you’re not alone. Research found that 70% of all people have experienced impostor syndrome at some point in their lives.

The good news is there are ways to navigate these feelings and enjoy success.

If you’re tired of ‘feeling like a fake’ at work, join us for our Introductory Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome program where we explore strategies to break free from the grip of imposter syndrome. 

Register for the September 28 workshop.  

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What Is Impostor Syndrome?


Have you ever felt like a fraud, despite your achievements and credentials? Do you worry that you’ll be exposed as a phony, or that you’re not as competent as people believe you to be? If so, you may be experiencing impostor syndrome.

This psychological phenomenon affects millions of people worldwide, from high-achieving students to successful professionals. It’s characterized by feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and fear of failure, despite objective evidence to the contrary.

Impostor syndrome can hold you back from reaching your full potential, sabotaging your confidence and progress. But it’s not a permanent condition. With the right mindset and strategies, you can learn to overcome impostor syndrome and thrive in your personal and professional life.

What is Impostor Syndrome?

Impostor syndrome is a psychological condition in which a person doubts their accomplishments and feels like a fraud, despite evidence to the contrary. People with impostor syndrome often attribute their successes to luck or external factors and believe that they are not as competent as others believe them to be.

This often results in feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and fear of being exposed as a fraud. Impostor syndrome is not a clinical disorder, but rather a common experience that affects people from all walks of life.

It can manifest in various ways, from feeling like a fraud in a particular area of expertise to doubting your overall abilities and worth. While it is more prevalent among high-achieving individuals, impostor syndrome can affect anyone, regardless of their achievements or status.

The Psychology Behind Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is rooted in a person’s self-perception and self-esteem. People with impostor syndrome often have a distorted view of their abilities and accomplishments and tend to compare themselves unfavorably to others. They may have a fear of failure or a need for perfectionism, which drives them to set unrealistic standards for themselves.

The roots of impostor syndrome can be traced back to childhood and upbringing, where a person’s sense of self-worth and validation is shaped. Family dynamics, societal pressures, and cultural expectations can all contribute to the development of impostor syndrome.

Signs and Symptoms of Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome can manifest in various ways, both in thoughts and behaviors. Some common signs and symptoms of impostor syndrome include:

  • Persistent self-doubt and fear of failure
  • Believing that your accomplishments are due to luck or external factors
  • Feeling like a fraud, despite objective evidence to the contrary
  • Comparing yourself unfavorably to others
  • Setting unrealistic standards for yourself
  • Procrastination or avoidance of challenges
  • Downplaying your achievements or avoiding recognition

These symptoms can be mild or severe and may vary depending on the individual and the situation. However, if left unchecked, impostor syndrome can harm your mental health, career, and overall well-being.

The Psychological Impact of Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome can have a profound impact on your mental health and well-being. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, and can interfere with your ability to function and thrive.

The psychological impact of impostor syndrome can manifest in various ways, such as:

  • Negative self-talk: Constantly criticizing yourself and doubting your abilities can create a negative self-image and perpetuate feelings of inadequacy.
  • Procrastination and avoidance: Fear of failure or being exposed as a fraud can lead to procrastination and avoidance of challenges, which can further reinforce impostor syndrome.
  • Burnout and stress: Constantly striving for perfection and feeling like a fraud can lead to burnout and chronic stress, which can have physical and mental health consequences.

The impact of impostor syndrome can be particularly challenging for people in high-stress or demanding professions, such as healthcare, law, or academia. However, with the right mindset and strategies, it is possible to overcome impostor syndrome and achieve success and fulfillment.

Registration is now open for our Power UP Your Leadership Presence: How to Beat Impostor Syndrome program. The Introductory Session takes place September 28 and the Advanced Program October 12. Take advantage of the Early Bird prices.

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Leader Foundations Leadership Academy

ATTENTION: Small to Medium-sized Businesses

Do you have emerging or new leaders who would benefit from leadership training?

If yes, your organization may be eligible for funding for our Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program to support new and current leaders build a solid foundation to succeed in their role. For more information about our program:

Take advantage of the Canada Job Grant for up to $100,000/year to help train your employees.

There is a Canada Job Grant Program in every Canadian province. To find out more about the Grant program in your province:

Take action now to provide training opportunities for your staff.

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How to Promote Balance in the Workplace

At the end of the day, life is all about balance. Even when it comes to a work environment, balance aids in boosting productivity and employee engagement, and contributes to an overall positive dynamic.

Sometimes things get busy though, so it’s hard to keep track. Not to worry, as you can implement some of the following tips as soon as today!

·       Take note of employees that might be working longer days than others

·       Enforce regular breaks for all staff

·       Avoid having employees work through lunch—even if they have food at their desk, it’s important to take a moment and recharge in the middle of the day.

Depending on your day-to-day operations, you might have more specific goals in mind. The main thing is that you’re providing reasonable accommodations for all your employees to perform at their best.

Questions for leaders

1.     What are some things you do to ensure balance in the workplace?

2.     What are some new techniques you might consider for your own staff?

Registration opens soon for our next Great Engagement: Engage and Mobilize Employees Training Program.

For more information:

Your organization may be eligible for up to two-thirds of the training cost through the Canada Job Grant program.

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Improve your overall well-being by focusing on happiness first

We all know It’s much easier to engage with something that feels fulfilling rather than completing a mundane means to an end. That’s why it’s so important to forge your own path and follow your heart instead of meeting society’s expectations of what you should be doing.

Life isn’t just about work; you need to focus on what lifts you up too. Even if you love what you do, you aren’t going to be feeling 100% all of the time, and that’s totally normal.

Try to focus on what things you can do that bring you joy and work them into your routine. If you work late nights or weekends, maybe you have time in the morning for yoga or a walk—or even something more indulgent like a pedicure or massage!

If you love catching up with friends, reach out to someone who might have a similar schedule to you and share a quick conversation over a cup of coffee before you start your day. You could even start working with a personal coach to really ramp up your feel-good formula!

Whatever it is that sparks joy, bring more of it into your life in whatever way works best for you.

Registration is now open for the PowerLEAD Development Training Program. This program supports leaders to increase leadership effectiveness and success in their role.

For more information and to register:

Your organization may be eligible for up to two-thirds of the training cost through the Canada Job Grant program.