Human Capital & Strategy

Standing With Women and People of Color to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Funny, you don’t look like a…Too often this phrase has been used to marginalize women and people of color in a variety of professions, leading to widespread Imposter Syndrome. How can organizations support diverse leaders to overcome these feelings?
— By Lisa Trumbull

For women in fields traditionally dominated by men, or for people of color achieving in professions where they have been historically underrepresented, Imposter Syndrome is a real and serious phenomenon.

These feelings are described by the Harvard Business Review as perceptions of “inadequacy that persist despite evident success.” Imposter Syndrome keeps top achievers from fully realiz....