Is Imposter Syndrome Really That Bad? Reframing Imposter Syndrome into 'Competent Humility'

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
professional development

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.