Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
A four-week professional development course, the first course in the Mindful Leadership for Women Programme.
What's on offer?
A four-week online course offering a truly transformational professional learning and development experience.
Working with like-minded and like-hearted women in a safe, supportive and courageous environment, we will explore - and overcome - that most pervasive and debilitating phenomenon impacting so many women in the modern workplace: Imposter Syndrome.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is a term coined by Oberlin psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in late 1970s to describe a set of beliefs that has us feeling we are frauds, we are in some way lacking or unworthy, we don’t deserve our successes and/or it’s only a matter of time before we’re found out.
Research shows that although Imposter Syndrome is experienced by men, it is particularly prevalent among women with over 70% of us experiencing 'imposter symptoms' during, and in many cases throughout, our careers.
Why does Imposter Syndrome matter?
Imposter Syndrome is something individuals and organisations should seek to address for many reasons as it:
breeds - and feeds on - fear and anxiety
leads to exhausting cycles of procrastination and over-work
hot-houses self-criticism and low self-compassion
damages our confidence and self-esteem
undermines connection, relationship and trust
contributes greatly to stress and burn-out
can lead to loss of talented staff
Impact in the workplace
Imposter Syndrome undermines women in many key professional areas including:
motivation and engagement
levels of productivity, effectiveness and impact
fulfillment, health and well-being
'staying under the radar' e.g. avoiding leadership roles, promotions, pay-rises, projects, speaking opportunities
not realising their full potential and making their fullest contribution
practising - and modelling - unhealthy models of leadership
staying stuck in roles for which they are over-qualified
Imposter Syndrome has also been shown to negatively impact organisations in many business-critical areas including:
realising the full potential of the whole workforce
modeling trust and collaboration
fostering creativity, innovation and risk-taking
benefiting from the many inherent opportunities of more diverse and inclusive workplaces
redressing the imbalance in the number of women in senior leadership roles
Week 1: The Nature of the Beast
Defining imposter syndrome, exploring where it comes from, how it operates and why it is a particular challenge for women.
Week 2: The Hustle for Worthiness
Exploring the drivers, beliefs and behaviours of imposter syndrome.
Week 3: Radical Acts of Kindness
Sharing leading-edge compassion-based research and practices to help us recognise and overcome our imposter 'symptoms'.
Week 4: The Wizard of Us
Identifying and cultivating a range of inner leadership qualities which empower us to let go of exhausting, unsustainable work habits and lead from a more relaxed, balanced and authentic place.
The course features a rich mixture of live weekly webinars, buddy sessions (pairing with a different course-mate each week), personal reflection, assignment exercises, mindfulness practices, poetry, TED Talks, and more.
Jo and I are committed to helping women take their place as whole-hearted, authentic and inspiring leaders in the workplace and we're hugely excited to be offering this course.
Understanding what Imposter Syndrome is, why we have it and how it particularly impacts women
Learning to recognise ‘imposter symptoms’ in ourselves and those we lead
Sharing leading research illuminating the specific issues faced by women in the workplace
Exploring empowering knowledge, skills and practices to help you manage imposter syndrome
Growing your professional and personal confidence
Supporting your health and well-being
Reclaiming your power and personal authority
Sharing our insights and experience in a safe, courageous, supportive environment
Each online course* is fully-facilitated and takes place over 4 weeks with knowledge-sharing via live, interactive webinars at the same time each week.
Each week there is also a ‘buddy call’ where participants connect with a different colleague each week (via the phone, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc) to share their experiences and discuss their key learning arising from the week’s webinars.
Participants also benefit from Ruzuku, our virtual learning environment in which participants can create a profile and connect with one another. Each week, after the webinar, there are assignment questions to consider and respond.
In addition to the above, I also provide extra resources in a ‘Deeper Dive’ section for each week in Ruzuku. Here I will provide links to articles and audio files for ‘expert interviews’ I have conducted with information professionals who have long experience of negotiating with information service providers.
*An in-person workshop is also available for groups of women leaders within organisations who wish to take this training together.
Ready to Book?
The next public course will be held in the Spring 2019. Dates will be confirmed soon.
Places will be limited to 14 and there is typically a very high level of interest so if you're ready to join a small group of like-minded, whole-hearted women on this empowering learning journey, please get in touch. By registering your interest you will among the first to be notified when the next course dates and early-bird pricing are announced.
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