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Learning Lab: Exploring the Impostor Phenomenon

Learning Labs
November 8, 2019

Learning Lab #5

We’re sorry, we’ve made a mistake…. You’re not the right person for the job.  

If you regularly imagine someone tapping you on the shoulder and telling you this, then you may well be experiencing the Impostor Phenomenon  (Over time it has come to be known as a syndrome, but it was christened the Impostor Phenomenon by the original researchers, Pauline Clance and Susan Imes).

Famous people who’ve admitted experiencing ‘impostor’ symptoms include Michelle Obama and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and staunch campaigner for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  

The Impostor Phenomenon (IP) doesn’t just affect women.  However, there are a number of reasons why it tends to be more prevalent in women.

Individuals at all levels of organisations can experience the IP, and one of the most helpful things for these people to understand is that it’s definitely ‘a thing’.  

Identifying it and bringing it out in the open, often through coaching, enables them to do something about it.

How can we help clients to recognise the IP and its impact on their work and career?  And what can they do about it?

- This session was designed by Julia Philpott.

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