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Women in Leadership Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Women in Leadership Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Why You Are Not a Fraud

Understand and overcome self-doubt to realise your full potential

It is well documented that men tend to apply for a job when they meet just 60% of the criteria, whereas women will only apply when they meet 100%. And while it is perfectly natural for most people to feel a lack of confidence when starting in a new role, women have a higher tendency to not feel “good enough”, which can lead to undervaluing yourself and feeling like you don’t belong. This is the highly problematic imposter syndrome.

When we feel we don’t belong or aren’t worthy enough, we tend to use toxic coping strategies like procrastination, avoidance, overworking, self-criticism, social comparison, self-sabotage and perfectionism. All of these lead to poor performance and are detrimental to our wellbeing.

If we want to effectively manage our feelings of imposterism, we need to recognise how it shows up in our lives and how we typically deal with it. In this 3-hour seminar, you will learn how to develop a more realistic view of what competence is (and it’s not perfection), you’ll understand how organisations, industries and systems feed our insecurities, and you will develop compassion for yourself by learning that self-kindness, not self-judgment is the way forward.

Professor Maja draws on years’ worth of data collected with thousands of women around the world to inform her research and build her concepts and strategies. This seminar will help you deal with self-criticism, understand how gender & racial bias influence your self-doubt and feelings of imposterism and learn to lead with confidence through self-compassion.

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