Fake it until you make it : En studie om kvinnor i ledande befattningar och deras upplevelse av impostor phenomenon.
Sammanfattning: The purpose of this study was to investigate the experience of impostor phenomenon in female managers in their professional role. The study was based on a qualitative method where seven semi-structured interviews were conducted. The result was analyzed on the basis of an inductive thematic analysis, which generated four main themes describing the respondents' experience of the phenomenon: work experience and education, requirements and expectations, anxiety and consequences and the importance of the support. The result showed that all respondents experienced the impostor phenomenon in their professional role. The extent of the respondents from the experience of the impostor phenomenon could be influenced by a number of factors such as the requirement of superior managers, the support of managers and colleagues as well as education and work experience. The results further showed that frequent experiences of the phenomenon could generate negative consequences, but in cases where the experiences were to a lesser extent it contributed to a positive individual development.
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