What is the opposite of Imposter Syndrome? (Hint: it’s not what most people think!)

What on earth is the opposite of Imposter Syndrome? And how might life feel without it?

Find out why most people get the opposite of Imposter Syndrome wrong - and how this can be one of the biggest subconscious blocks that keeps them stuck with it. Plus, of course, what you could be doing, instead!

Here's What We'll Cover About The Opposite of Imposter Syndrome

  • What an audience member in South Africa, just before lockdown, taught me about this
  • The role of the Dunning-Kruger effect in the Imposter Syndrome myths
  • The role of the Imposter Syndrome Gap and the bridge of coping strategies
  • How the genuine opposite of Imposter Syndrome sets you free to have the impact your ideas and dreams deserve, to make the difference you are here to make

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Imposter Syndrome Gap

This is one of my definitions of Imposter Syndrome, and it ties in with the Bridge of Coping Strategies. Find out why it's so important and how it can help us to understand more about how we're running Imposter Syndrome in this episode:

Read Ditching Imposter Syndrome

And if you want to get hold of a copy of Ditching Imposter Syndrome, so you can set yourself free from the secret fear of being found out as not good enough, you can find it here: https://www.ditchingimpostersyndrome.com/book/

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The Opposite of Imposter Syndrome - transcript

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So what is the opposite of Imposter syndrome? Iceberg often asked this when I give a keynote talk at conferences or in organisation. And the thing is, it's not what most people think. I remember back in 2000 and just before the pandemic hit, my last in person keynote back then was that she is South Africa and it was through a group of business leaders and a brave soul in the audience. A woman raised her hand as I was teaching them, how do you spot the warning signs for Imposter Syndrome and set themselves free from it?

She said, but if I ditch Imposter Syndrome, surely I'll be arrogant. Everybody will hate me, nobody will want to be around me. This is one of the most common misunderstandings about Imposter Syndrome. It's the opposite of Imposter Syndrome. And that secret fear of being found out as a fraud or not good enough is unbreakable arrogance, or in the extreme case, the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is effectively somebody who grossly overestimates their own confidence and ability, who is unable to take feedback.

Yet we've had some politicians and some leaders in our countries in recent years that have demonstrated that quite well. So the opposite of prison imposter Syndrome is not done in Kruger. It is not arrogance, it's not basically being ass. Yeah. When you set yourself free from the fear of being found out as a fraud, when you set yourself free from the coping strategies that bridge the Imposter Syndrome gap, that gap between who we see ourselves as being and who we think we need to be to do or achieve something, so we build the bridge of coping strategies over the top.

Yeah, there's a whole video on that below, by the way, if you want more. When we set ourselves free from self sabotage, from not speaking up with our ideas, from holding back on showing up as all of who we really are and what we get, that opposite is actually grounded confidence, feeling comfortable in our own skin, not needing to put on a persona or pick up an alter ego in order to feel safe, like we fit in. The opposite of Imposter Syndrome is becoming the real you. It is going to have the impact that your ideas and your dreams deserve from that place of groundedness, from that place of I'm okay. And it's contagious when you feel like that you're giving unconscious permission to those around you to feel that way, too.

You are free from that flinch when an opportunity comes up that would have caused you to say no when your heart was whispering yes. So the opposite of Imposter syndrome, iceberg not the Dunning Kruger effect. The opposite of Imposter syndrome, iceberg not unbridled arrogance. It is about being happy, being all of who you really are and making the difference you're here to make. Becoming the leader you were born to be.

So I'd love to hear from you by the comments on that. How would that feel for you to experience life in that way? And if you want to take the very first step, if you don't have stitching imposter syndrome yet, go get it. Great book. Teaches you step by step how to do it.

And even before that, if you want to know whether you're running imposter syndrome and make sure you've done my research ditching imposter syndrome quiz. This isn't like kind of like in a magazine tick box thing. This is backed by two international research studies that I've run to give you an indication as to whether you're actually experiencing imposter syndrome, which of the three types it is, and it gives you a personalised action plan. So you can start turning this around today. If you found it useful, please share it.

Subscribe hit the little bell thing so you get a notification for the next episode this place. And I will see you soon on the next stitching of office in your own show. Bye.

About the author

Clare Josa

Clare is considered a global authority in the fields of Imposter Syndrome, burnout and toxic resilience, and has been an international keynote speaker for over 20 years.

The author of 8 books, a reformed engineer and the former Head of Market Research for one of the world's most disruptive brands, she blends research-backed practical inspiration with demystified ancient wisdom, to help you create breakthroughs in ways that are fast, fun and forever.

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