Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Why You Are Not a Fraud



Friday 28th January 2022 | 9:45am - 1:00pm AEDT

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.

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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Seminar Overview:

The first half of this seminar will focus on understanding how the imposter syndrome shows up in your life, you will learn:

  • Root causes of imposter syndrome
  • What type of imposter are you? The 5 competency types
  • Our problematic coping strategies we employ that lead us to play it safe
  • Challenging our Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)
  • Learning how and why we need to take compliments & praise

The second half of this workshop will focus on the imposter syndrome at work you will learn:

  • How our work environments can influence *and create* feelings of imposterism
  • The role of gender & racial bias
  • Problematic male communication styles that negatively impact women’s confidence
  • How performance evaluations and feedback influence our self-doubt
  • How and why self-compassion is the antidote to self-criticism and the imposter syndrome

This seminar is lead by expert facilitator:

Professor Maja

Sociologist, Author, TedX Speaker & Confidence-Builder

The world’s foremost expert and researcher on gendered confidence inhibitors

Who should attend?

Aspiring, emerging and existing female leaders from all sectors. Anyone who could do with a confidence boost or greater self awareness needs to attend this seminar.

  • Manager through to senior leadership
  • Early career and emerging female leaders
  • Learning and development practitioners
  • Consultants and leadership coaches
  • Women returning to work from leave

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