Confront Your Inner Barriers to Career Development

By Hanan Awaad

Hanan Awaad President and Founder Corporita Inc.
Hanan Awaad
President and Founder
Corporita Inc.

A recent study by Mirjam Neureiter and Eva Traut-Mattausch from the University of Salzburg explains the effect of the Impostor Phenomenon on career development for women. The study highlighted three types of impostor feelings: fear of failure, fear of success and self-esteem. Such impostor feelings affect women career development process, namely, career planning, career striving and motivation to lead.

When reading the paper, I started to reflect on a coaching session with one of my team members a few years ago. In the session, she failed to imagine her career path in just 2 years. When I asked her if she would consider being promoted to a managerial position in 5 years, she replied that 5 years is such a short time period to become a leader and she cannot imagine or visualise herself in such a position.

The feelings of my team member I coached a few years ago are the same feelings of many career women all over the world. Some get such impostor feelings due to cultural and societal pressures and some for not so apparent causes. Either way, a career woman who gets such feelings can overcome her impostor syndrome by investing her time and effort is the process that I outline in this article based on my personal experience and my interactions with hundreds of professional and business women.

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The career woman who gets such feelings can overcome her impostor syndrome by investing her time and effort is the process that I outline in this article based on my personal experience and my interactions with hundreds of professional and business women.

Originally posted 2016-05-27 18:31:26.

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