“I am an Imposter”
Do you ever feel like a fraud?
Do you believe you don’t deserve your success and that where you are is all down to luck?
Are self-doubt and the fear of being found out holding you back?
If your answer to the above is ‘yes’, then you probably suffer from Imposter Syndrome – a unique form of self-doubt that research has shown to afflict 60 to 70% of the population* and particularly high achievers. To everyone else you are qualified, deserving and highly capable. But on the inside you feel inadequate and undeserving.
Now imagine experiencing all of these feelings and being the only one in the room. Imagine looking for role models and finding no one like you. Imagine feeling alienated by the dominant culture in your firm and worrying about being inauthentic. When you identify as BAME, you experience Imposter Syndrome on a whole other level. You don’t just feel like an imposter. You are an Imposter.
This event is the second in a two part series aimed at raising awareness of the BAME community in your organisation and moving us all towards a better understanding of each other and ourselves so that everyone can feel equal, valued and that they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Imposter Syndrome can manifest in many ways: perfectionism, playing small and missed opportunities. For this reason, conventional wisdom views Imposter Syndrome as a weakness – an experience that must be ditched or overcome if you are ever going to get ahead.
Caroline Flanagan, our Speaker for this event, begs to differ.
As an ex-City lawyer of Jamaican descent who achieved success in a predominantly white, mostly male, middle class environment her whole life, Caroline Flanagan is proud to call herself an Imposter. Drawing on case studies, research and her own personal experience, Caroline redefines Imposter Syndrome as a source of strength for members of the BAME community, and shares her powerful strategy for applying this strength in pursuit of fulfilling their highest potential.