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Ever suffered from 'Impostor Syndrome'?

 August 27, 2013

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“The authentic self is the soul made visible” says Sarah Ban Breathnach

According to Dr Valerie Young’s Impostor Syndrome website even the most high profile, most influential women and men have feelings of inadequacies. The psychological experience of believing that one’s accomplishments came about not through genuine ability, but as a result of having been lucky, having worked harder than others, or having manipulated other people’s impressions, has been labeled the impostor phenomenon.

Often women might not complete on business deals or career opportunities due to 'Impostor Syndrome'. The antidote may be easier said than done as women need to be fearless and take responsibility. Women can take a first step by showing the world their authenticity.

There is an abundance of talented women who strive to be the best that they can be.

Global sustainability - socially, economically, environmentally and politically relies on women doing their part, which means utilising innate talents.  

So why might some women not pursue their dream careers?

In her book The Equality Illusion Kat Banyard highlights reasons for inaction. Banyard cites that women and girls are bombarded by images of what they should be doing. From primary socialisation to the media, women and girls are shown what they should be like in order to fit into society’s vision of what is acceptable. Boys are positioned as boisterous and building things while girls are positioned as quiet home-makers.

Perhaps women should step out from the cloud of societal constraints and let their talents shine.

Join The Impostor Syndrome: the Dangers of Feeling like a Fake learning and networking event with speakers and Directors from Talking Talent at Westminster Business School on Thursday 26 September, 6pm.

Lena Benjamin is founder of Ones Company providing learning, mentoring & reviewing solutions. Passionate about women's advancement globally, she's a B2B customer engagement & marketing communication specialist with nearly 20 years’ professional business & entrepreneurial experience, speaker, mentor, event organizer & facilitator. Lena holds an MBA from Westminster Business School, is former London Chair of Women in Management Network, creator of House of Lords' Inspiring Women in 21st Century event, Fellow of Chartered Management Institute & was endorsed by UK's Women & Equalities Minister


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