Are you as good
as they think you are?
secret fear that we're not really good enough is surprisingly
In the face of tangible evidence of their success, many
women, some men, people who are genuine high-achievers are
often racked by self-doubt and the fear of being found
feeling has been termed "The Imposter Syndrome".
might recognise this syndrome when you realise you're thinking
- that you don't put yourself forward
because you fear you'll fail
- you don't contribute in meetings because
you don't want to look a fool
- you've done pretty well so far but it was
- other people doing similar jobs seem to be
more "grown up" than you feel
- your definition of "good enough" for
yourself is really "achieving perfection without breaking
not addressed the Imposter Syndrome can cause individuals to
experience significant stress, anxiety and fear.
Imposter Syndrome can drive high
achievement leading to burn-out or can inhibit people
from achieving their full potential, prevent them from making
valuable contributions to projects or meetings and deprive an
organisation from seeing the very best that their staff can
But the Secret
is now out.
Syndrome can be sorted!!
During this workshop "Imposters"
- come to understand how this is affecting
- examine the "rule book" they are living by
and choose - if they want - to re-write the
- examine the role that gender, race and
class can have on feelings of fraudulence
- benefit from understanding how men and
women put different values on the art of "winging
- see how their interpretation of past
success has been making things more difficult
- notice that being incompetent and feeling
incompetent are two totally different things
- explore the advantages and disadvantages
of different coping mechanisms
- learn practical strategies to set free
their Imposter and be themselves!
practical, hands on workshop can be organised for and tailored
to particular groups in your organisation such as PhD
students, Women Researchers, Women Academics… There can be
great benefit in recognising you are part of a group and
learning new strategies for success in a safe and supportive