Imposter Syndrome – The definition provided by Dr. Ruxandra Looft and Dawn Bratsch-Prince is that Imposters often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than ability, and fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud. The speakers also noted that one may experience this when he/she is going through a transition, new experience/environment or faced with a challenge. I’d argue I suffer from this condition, constant doubting of my skills and abilities, on much more frequent occasions.
The 5 types of Imposterism:
The 4 Strategies to overcome Imposterism:
What did I take away from the July LEAP session and what does this mean to me?
I need to quit…
I have fortunately surrounded myself with very supportive peers and business partners. And they would likely agree I am more critical of myself than anyone could dare to be. They have recognized that I am not a fraud, now it’s my turn.
According to statistics, 70% of people have experienced Imposter Syndrome, and it was evident that many of us in the room that Friday afternoon have experienced Imposter Syndrome at some point throughout our careers. Hopefully we can start to acknowledge Imposter Syndrome for what it is, a fleeting feeling of doubt that does not define you. We can be a part of the statistic, but let’s commit to overcome this pervasive disease. Thanks Dr. Looft and Dawn Bratsch-Prince for the words of encouragement.
Ashley Hunt specializes in public affairs, social and digital media, and event management. Ashley also serves on several community and local boards and commissions. She serves on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and is a board member for 50-50 in 2020, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, issue-neutral organization dedicated to achieving political equity for women in Iowa. Additionally, she currently serves on the Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s LEAP Series Advisory Council.