Impostor Syndrome

Success is no accident.

Many hard-working, high-achieving and successful individuals struggle with the belief that they are not as competent as others believe them to be.

In fact, nearly 70% of people surveyed reported having experienced feelings of Impostor Syndrome at some point in their lives. This sense of unworthiness is characterized by unwarranted feelings of inadequacy and incompetence. These thoughts are often deeply rooted in complex emotions derived from personal experiences and cultural factors.

It is highly possible that at some point in your life, you have doubted your abilities, failed to feel deserving of your achievements, or feared your successes were a matter of luck, error, or deception. This video series will explore impostor syndrome, its symptoms, effects, and causes. We will examine impostor syndrome through the prism of work and discover its effect on leadership behaviors and how those behaviors negatively impact team morale. 

By the end of this course, you will: 

  • Understand how impostor syndrome manifests in our thoughts and actions, leading us to respond in ways inconsistent with our business objectives and how to recognize those behaviors in ourselves and others. 
  • See impostor syndrome as a consequence of many factors, not the least of which is success, and see how trying to "prove ourselves" can lead to burnout, detrimentally affect our teams, and ultimately lead us further into the paradoxical feeling when our success makes us feel even worse. 
  • Learn how to help yourself, your colleagues, and the members of your team manage their feelings of unworthiness through positive goal setting, honest assessments, mindful practice, and challenging the automatic negative thought that keeps us trapped in cycles of unhelpful thinking.

Course Overview

    1. Welcome to Impostor Syndrome

    2. The Signs of Impostor Syndrome

    3. The Causes and Types of Impostor Syndrome

    1. Managing Impostor Syndrome

    2. Identifying Impostor Syndrome

    3. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

    1. Understanding the Old GAARD

    2. Ushering in the New GAARD

    3. Leadership Approach to Impostor Syndrome

    4. Success and Impostor Syndrome

    1. Course Learning Guide

    2. Keep an Accomplishment Log

    3. Old GAARD to New GAARD - Model for Behavioral Change Worksheet

    4. Key Concepts


  • $147.00
  • 0.5 hours of video content
  • 10 video lessons
  • Course Learning Guide & Toolkit


Bridgitt Haarsgaard

President and Founder of The GAARD Group

Bridgitt has a background in Sales, Sales Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She developed the GAARD Method to create actionable and lasting behavioral change in the business world and beyond. Bridgitt uses her Clinical Psychology education to prepare professionals—from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 executives—for the challenges of today’s business environment. She specializes in individual and team effectiveness, women’s leadership, as well as innovation & change management. Her methodology has propelled over 10,000 careers on four different continents.