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Imposter syndrome in the workplace

Imposter syndrome in the workplace

Imposter syndrome is a feeling of inadequacy that makes you think that you're not good enough or won't succeed. In these slides I would like to share with you: - What imposter syndrome is all about - What causes imposter syndrome - How it affects the workplace



July 19, 2021


  1. Imposter syndrome in workplace

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  3. WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME This is an internal experience of

    believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be.
  4. What Causes It Self-generated self-doubt Being criticized by colleagues Having

    to ask for help Self-comparisons to high achieving colleagues Being a workaholic Being a perfectionist
  5. Different Types of imposter syndrome

  6. THE PERFECTIONIST: Perfectionists are never satisfied and always feel that

    their work could be better. Rather than focus on their strengths, they tend to fixate on any flaws or mistakes. THE EXPERT: These individuals are always trying to learn more and are never satisfied with their level of understanding.
  7. THE SUPERHERO: Because these individuals feel inadequate, they feel compelled

    to push themselves to work as hard as possible. THE NATURAL GENIUS: These individuals set excessively lofty goals for themselves, and then feel crushed when they don't succeed on their first try.
  8. THE SOLOIST: These people tend to be very individualistic and

    prefer to work alone. Self-worth often stems from their productivity, so they often reject offers of assistance.
  9. Common signs of imposter syndrome - Underestimating your competence and

    skills - Attributing success to external factors - Fear that you won't live up to expectations - Self-doubt - Feeling disappointed at oneself - Experience Burnout - Sabotaging your own success -Setting very challenging goals
  10. How Imposter Syndrome Affects the Workplace Negatively impacts interpersonal relationships

    Reduces wellbeing and mental health of the staff Yields innovative employee Reduces productivity
  11. Create a culture of inclusion in the workplace How to

    deal with impostor syndrome in the workplace Recognize people's accomplishments Educate and inform to help people reframe their beliefs Pay and reward Help people connect with their internal motivators Support employee wellbeing
  12. How to deal with imposter syndrome individually

  13. Stop comparing yourself to others Open up to someone. Use

    social media moderately Move at your own pace
  14. Befriend The Insecurity Talk to mentors. Set Reasonable Expectations Assess

    your abilities.
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