Overcoming impostor feeling: Why Senior Executives need to prioritise themselves in order to lead effectively?

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Since 2012, School for CEOs has offered unique development programmes for high-achieving business leaders. These leaders may put themselves forward to participate on a programme or, more often than not, they are identified as ‘talent’ and nominated to participate either by their boss or the HR function. Despite their obvious success, the Imposter Phenomenon has continually been raised on these programmes, not only by delegates seeking advice on how to overcome it, but also by the senior businesspeople who teach on the programmes and share their personal experiences. In order to have a better understanding of this issue, Gemma Sole, Digital & Client Engagement Director and Executive Coach at School for CEOs and Dr Mioara Cristea, Programme Director of the MSc in Business Psychology at Heriot Watt University developed a research project together with Ronja Ostner, RA and MSc student. The project examined the prevalence of impostor feeling (IF) among business leaders, its impact on their wellbeing and performance in the workplace and tried to uncover the strategies used by them to overcome IF. The findings were made available to the public through a series of events and will be the focus of a scientific article currently under preparation. The findings were presented and discussed during an event organised by the School for CEO’s at the Wallacespace, Clerkenwell Green, London. The event was attended by approx. 60 senior leaders from across UK.
Period24 Oct 2019
Event typeSeminar
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • impostor feeling
  • Leadership
  • wellbeing