“The impostor syndrome is all too common among highly successful people—and until now a closely guarded secret! Joyce Roché’s insights will make success at each stage of our life and career a more joyful experience for those of us—such as me—who have felt this insecurity.”
—Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation
“Whether you are just starting your career or are nearing its pinnacle, this book will do more than help you navigate effectively; it will help you enjoy the journey.”
—Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President and CEO, Black Enterprise
“This is a book that is so needed by women—especially younger women. [It] offers hope, guidance, and gentle mentorship to all of us who have ever confronted the fear of not measuring up.”
—Rosina L. Racioppi, President and CEO, Women Unlimited, Inc.
“Silence and isolation are the hallmarks of the impostor syndrome. Joyce’s courage in speaking out will be tremendously helpful to all those who have ever experienced these feelings by letting them know that they are not alone.”
—Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, psychotherapist who, with Suzanne Imes, PhD, first identified the impostor syndrome
Foreword by Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
Are You an Impostor? (Take the Test)
Chapter 1: Breaking the Silence
Chapter 2: It’s Not What You Wear
Chapter 3: What If You Have No Silver Spoon
Chapter 4: Gender Matters
Chapter 5: What Color Is Your Parachute?
Chapter 6: But You Are So Young
Chapter 7: Climbing the Ladder
Chapter 8: What If the Naysayers Are Right?
Chapter 9: The Weight of the World
Chapter 10: What Did You Do to Get Here?
Chapter 11: Listen to Your Heart
Chapter 12: Joy, Zest, and Power
Afterword: Strategies for Confronting the Impostor Syndrome and Embracing Success
About the Authors