What’s the Biggest Underlying Fear Which Causes Imposter Syndrome?, with Kris Kelso, Author of Overcoming The Imposter
John Ray: [00:00:01] And hello everyone. This is John Ray with Business RadioX. And I’m here with Kris Kelso. And Kris is the author of Overcoming the Impostor. Kris, my question for you is, what’s the biggest underlying fear which causes the impostor syndrome?
Kris Kelso: [00:00:21] John, the underlying fear behind impostor syndrome is the fear of being exposed for what you are. It’s the fear that people think more of you than is really there, and that they’re going to figure out who you really are, what you really are, and then the jig is going to be up, that somehow you’re going to be discredited or disqualified, and things are not going to go well for you if people figure out who you really are. The irony of that is that impostor syndrome makes you fear vulnerability. It makes you afraid of being honest about yourself. But the cure for impostor syndrome, the antidote, if you will, is vulnerability, being vulnerable, opening up about who you are is the very thing that will help you overcome impostor syndrome. So, the thing you fear is exactly the thing you need to overcome the impostor.
Kris Kelso, Author and CEO, The Kelso Group
Kris Kelso is a keynote speaker for leadership conferences, corporate events, universities, and has been both guest and host on television and radio programs. He is the author of Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence.
Trained and certified as an executive coach, Kris has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, is a Facilitator / Coach with The Alternative Board, and is a contributing writer for the Nashville Business Journal.
Kris has founded multiple companies and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations. He is an active member of Cornerstone Nashville, where he serves, teaches, and coaches other leaders. He lives with his wife and three teenaged sons in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.
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