Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

A four-week professional course developing
leadership and confidence in the workplace.

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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 men and women in a safe, supportive and courageous environment, we will explore - and share ways of overcoming - the pervasive, debilitating and costly phenomenon: Imposter Syndrome.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

  • Imposter Syndrome is a term coined by Oberlin psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in the 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 both men and women, 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 a fear- and shame-based response with those suffering fearing they are ‘never enough’. It undermines often highly talented staff so that they:

    • stay ‘under the radar' avoiding leadership roles, promotions, speaking opportunities and more

    • stay stuck in roles for which they are over-qualified

    • don’t realise their full potential or make their fullest contribution

    • experience heightened self-doubt, self-criticism, low confidence and self-worth

    • suffer exhausting cycles of procrastination and over-work

    • have lower levels of motivation, productivity, effectiveness and impact

    • experience increased stress and burn out

    • model and potentially perpetuate unsustainable and unhealthy leadership

Impact in the workplace

Organisations which seek to support and develop their staff in relation to Imposter Syndrome benefit across a range of business-critical areas including:

  • empowering more women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to become leaders thus harnessing the many benefits and opportunities of a more diverse and inclusive workplace

  • encouraging creativity, innovation and risk-taking

  • fostering healthier more sustainable leadership styles which model vulnerability, trust and openness

  • enhancing staff productivity and effectivenness whilst addressing one of the major causes of exhaustion and burnout

  • supporting robust succession planning

  • competing effectively by realising the full potential of the whole workforce

Course Goals

Through taking this course you will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what Imposter Syndrome is and how and why it particularly impacts women

  • Share leading research highlighting the specific ‘imposter issues’ faced by women in the workplace - and the impact of these on individuals and organisations

  • Learn to recognise ‘imposter symptoms’ in yourself and and those you lead

  • Explore empowering knowledge, skills and practices to help you manage your ‘imposter symptoms’, growing your professional and personal confidence

  • Reclaim your power and personal authority through realising and valuing your unique talents and strengths

  • Build your capacity as an effective mentor or leader

  • Share insights and experience with like-minded people in a safe, courageous, supportive environment

Course content

  • Week 1: The Nature of the Beast
    Defining imposter syndrome, exploring where it comes from, how it operates and why it’s a particular challenge for women.

  • Week 2: The Hustle for Worthiness
    nderstanding the shame-based drivers of Imposter Syndrome and The Deadly Ps, the five ‘imposter’ beliefs and behaviours which hinder women the most. Sharing insights and practices which help you let these go and grow in confidence and self-belief.

  • Week 3: Radical Acts of Kindness

    Sharing leading-edge research and practices designed to develop self-compassion and replace self-criticism with radical self-care. Cultivating the 3 C’s: Connection, Curiosity and Courage to help us achieve our goals.

  • Week 4: Living B.R.A.V.E
    Strong back, open front: cultivating key inner leadership qualities which enable us to let go of exhausting, unsustainable work habits and lead from a more confident, balanced and empowered place.

Course format

  • This online course is fully-facilitated and takes place over 4 weeks with content being shared through interactive weekly webinars.

  • Each week there is also an optional ‘Buddy Call’ where participants connect with a different colleague (via the phone, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc) to share their experiences and discuss their key learning.

  • In addition, the course invites personal reflection through journalling exercises, mindfulness practices, poetry, TED Talks, and more.

  • Participants also benefit from a range of ‘Deeper Dive’ materials - links to a selection of articles, videos and other resources which develop each week’s key themes.

Additional information

  • This course is also available as a 1-day workshop typically taken by groups within organisations wishing to take this training together and in person.

  • For organisations wishing to raise awareness of imposter syndrome, I also offer a very popular 90-minute ‘primer’ which I facilitate either in-house or as a webinar.

  • Although this work is aimed predominantly at women, men are very welcome to participate. This makes for more inclusive events and has proved helpful in fostering wider understanding of the range of ‘imposter’ experiences in the workplace. 

Ready to Book?

  • The next course will take place in January/February 2020 with dates for the live webinars as follows: Jan 22nd, Jan 29th, Feb 5th, Feb 12th.

  • Webinars last 90 minutes and take place 4:00-5:30pm UK time (GMT).

  • An early-bird rate of £425.00 is available for bookings made on or before December 31st 2019. From January 1st 2020, the full rate of £525.00 will apply.

  • Places are limited and there is typically a very high level of interest so if you are ready to join a small group of like-minded, whole-hearted people on this empowering learning journey, please book now.

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