Recently, I was discussing imposter syndrome with a group of female friends. These friends are all very successful – some are outwardly ambitious while others feel their careers have been a bit of an accident, but all of them share a feeling that their success has not been earned and that any moment they will be found out. The reasons for their respective successes are plainly evident to me so I sat wondering why on earth they can’t see what the world sees. Now, today, I stumbled upon this 3 minutes of inspiration from the BBC in which the UK’s most powerful women share their advice on ambition and self-belief. Among them is Dame Gail Rebuck, one of publishing’s greats. Many of these women express their own insecurities and it just goes to show that imposter syndrome is a state of mind that is rife among highly intelligent, wonderful, capable women. It is also a state of mind that simply shouldn’t exist.
So this goes out to all my awesome girl friends. You know who you are.