Is Imposter Syndrome Really That Bad? Reframing Imposter Syndrome into 'Competent Humility'
Imposter syndrome was identified in 1978 by Dr. Pauline Rose Clance and Dr. Suzanne Imes as “Intellectual Phoniness”. Often associated with high performing leaders, it has been highlighted to be more common in women (“Lean In” By Sheryl Sandberg). Recently, there has been increasing conversations led by business leaders and organizational psychologists such as Adam Grant (”Think Again”) that suggest reframing the imposter syndrome to be a motivating leadership development skill. Dr. Grant refers to this reframing as the establishment of “competent humility.”
This seminar will encourage participants to
1. Define Imposter Syndrome in their professional and personal activities
2. Calculate their personal imposter syndrome score using a validated tool
3. Discuss strategies for recognizing and reframing imposter syndrome to “competent humility.”
Recognizing imposter syndrome in one’s self and in others and developing peer support to reframe this characteristic can help health professions leaders be more open to change and to opportunities for their career development.
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7.Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Copyright 2013
8.Think Again by Adam Grant. Copyright 2021.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.