For Sydney chief executive and founder of Total Image Group, Pamela Jabbour, 37, imposter syndrome presented as a lack of confidence and fear she’d be judged by people she respected.
She was only 21 when she set up her uniform design business after graduating in business marketing, often conducting business with much older men.
Her sense of imposter syndrome was so severe that, despite owning the business, she introduced herself as the sales co-ordinator, gradually progressing to sales manager and then sales director. It tokk her many years to announce herself as the chief executive and founder of the business.
“I felt, being so you and female, if I went in straight away as the owner I wouldn;t have succeeded because of my inexperience.” Jabbour says. “I was having to recruit and manage people older than me in a male-based industry, I didn’t feel like I belonged. No one made me feel that way, but me, I’ve always been very shy and aware of what people think, but I’m also extremely competitive, always wanting to do better.”