The Dangers of Feeling like a Fake (2006)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"High achievers who feel they are complete fakes"

In many walks of life and business is no exception there are some high achievers who believe that they are complete fakes. This article describes that "neurotic imposture" a kind of behavior that causes a great many extremely talented, hardworking, and capable executives—men and women who have achieved great success by the world's standards–to believe, deep down, that they don't deserve it. Such neurotic impostors have difficulty accepting and enjoying the success they earn. Within the context of feeling like a fraud, perfectionism, workaholism, and work paralysis are also discussed, along with their organisational ramifications.

Harvard Business Review, 2006

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