Whether on the golf course, in the office, or as you pursue your hobbies, the self-doubt that comes with Imposter Syndrome knows no boundaries. Women especially are susceptible to experiencing Imposter Syndrome at some point in their lives.

Imposter Syndrome is a persistent inability to believe one’s success is deserved or achieved by working hard and possessing distinct skills and capabilities but by other means such as luck or being at the right place at the right time. It is often accompanied with feelings of self-doubt, fear of success or failure, or self-sabotage.

As a part of their efforts to grow the number of women in executive roles, KPMG has commissioned a research study called “Advancing the Future of Women in Business: A KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Report”. In it, they reveal the details of Imposter Syndrome executive women experience and the advice these women have to ultimately conquer those anxieties and feel confident in their roles.

Over 750 past attendees of the 2015-2019 KPMG Women’s Leadership Summits participated in the survey. These women hold positions just below the C-suite from Fortune 1000 companies.

What Causes Imposter Syndrome?

According to the study, “Imposter Syndromes can stem from a variety of factors, including personal, familial and social experiences, stereotypes and labels, corporate culture and workforce dynamics.”

Basically, no one is immune. The study found that 75% of women who hold executive positions have felt Imposter Syndrome at some point in their careers. It isn’t something some people are born with and others aren’t. Rather, it is a learned behavior. And though overcoming the insecurities associated with Imposter Syndrome can be difficult, if a behavior can be learned, it can be unlearned.

But before we can learn how to beat Imposter Syndrome, we have to first understand the common causes.

75% of Executive Women Have Experienced Imposter Syndrome