What is imposter syndrome and why is imposter psychology important in coaching?

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Imposter Syndrome often comes up in coaching, but it isn’t always labelled as such. It may show up as a lack of confidence, or self-esteem, self-belief or a drive for perfectionism.

In this episode we reflect on how, in our experience, imposter syndrome can show up in coaching. We share some of the ways in which we might work with a client who brings this to their coaching session.

Listen in to this episode if you’d like to learn more about imposter syndrome and take away some practical steps to help yourself or support a colleague for whom this may be a challenge.



I have a body but I am not my body
I have thoughts but I am not my thoughts
I have physical sensations but I am not my sensations
I have emotional feelings but I am not my feelings
I have beliefs but I am not my beliefs
I play many roles but I am not my roles
I am the self, the watcher who when present can choose in full consciousness

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How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Gill Corkindale

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Brené Brown video – It’s not the critics who count


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