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The answer to overcoming imposter syndrome is not to fix individuals, but to create an environment that fosters a of different leadership styles and where diversity of racial, ethnic, and gender identities is viewed as just as professional as the current model. Talisa Lavarry was exhausted. She had led the charge at her corporate event management company to plan a high-profile, security-intensive event, working around the clock and through weekends for months.
Barack Obama was the keynote speaker. Lavarry knew how to handle the complicated logistics required — but not the office politics.
A golden opportunity to prove her expertise had turned into a living nightmare. Their bullying, both subtle and overt, haunted each decision she made. Lavarry wondered whether her race had something to do with the way she was treated.
She was, after all, the only Black woman on her team. She began doubting whether she was qualified for the job, despite constant praise from the client. Things with her planning team became so acrimonious that Lavarry found herself demoted from lead to co-lead and was eventually unacknowledged altogether by her colleagues. Each action that chipped away at her role in her work doubly chipped away at her confidence. She became plagued by deep anxiety, self-hatred, and the feeling that she was a fraud.
What had started as healthy nervousness — Will I fit in?
Will my colleagues like me? Can I do good work? It was repeatedly facing systemic racism and bias.
Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. The impact of systemic racism, classism, xenophobia, and other biases was categorically absent when the concept of imposter syndrome was developed.
Many groups were excluded from the study, namely women of color and people of various income levels, genders, and professional backgrounds. Even as we know it today, imposter syndrome puts the blame on individuals, without ing for the historical and cultural contexts that are foundational to how it manifests in both women of color and white women.
Imposter syndrome directs our view toward fixing women at work instead of fixing the places where women work. Imposter syndrome took a fairly universal feeling of discomfort, second-guessing, and mild anxiety in the workplace and pathologized it, especially for women. As white men progress, their feelings of doubt usually abate as their work and intelligence are validated over time. Women experience the opposite. The label of imposter syndrome is a heavy load to bear. Although feelings of uncertainty are an expected and normal part of professional life, women who experience them are deemed to suffer from imposter syndrome.
Even if women demonstrate strength, ambition, and resilience, our daily battles with microaggressions, especially expectations and assumptions formed by stereotypes and racism, often push us down. Imposter syndrome as a concept fails to capture this dynamic and puts the onus on women to deal with the effects. Workplaces remain misdirected toward seeking individual solutions for issues disproportionately caused by systems of discrimination and abuses of power.
Not because women of color a broad, imprecise categorization have an innate deficiency, but because the intersection of our race and gender often places us in a precarious position at work. Half of the women of color surveyed by Working Mother Media plan to leave their jobs in the next two years, citing feelings of marginalization or disillusionment, which is consistent with our experiences. Exclusion that exacerbated self-doubt was a key reason for each of our transitions from corporate workplaces to entrepreneurship.
The once-engaged Latina woman suddenly becomes quiet in meetings. The Indian woman who was a sure shot for promotion gets vague feedback about lacking leadership presence. For women of color, universal feelings of doubt become magnified by chronic battles with systemic Women not real anymore and racism. Our presence in most of these spaces is a result of decades of grassroots activism and begrudgingly developed legislation.
Biased practices across institutions routinely stymie the ability of individuals from underrepresented groups to truly thrive. We often falsely equate confidence — most often, the type demonstrated by white male leaders — with competence and leadership. According to organizational psychologist Tomas Chamorro Premuzic :. The truth of the matter is that pretty much anywhere in the world men tend to think that they are much smarter than women.
Yet arrogance and overconfidence are inversely related to leadership talent — the ability to build and maintain high-performing teams, and to inspire followers to set aside their selfish agendas in order to work for the common interest of the group.
These biases are insidious and complex and stem from narrow definitions of acceptable behavior drawn from white male models of leadership. Research from Kecia M. Women of color are by no means a monolith, but we are often linked by our common experiences of navigating stereotypes that hold us back from reaching our full potential. Imposter syndrome is especially prevalent in biased, toxic cultures that value individualism and overwork. We see inclusive workplaces as a multivitamin that can ensure that women of color can thrive.
Rather than focus on fixing imposter syndrome, professionals whose identities have been marginalized and discriminated Women not real anymore must experience a cultural shift writ large. Leaders must create a culture for women and people of color that addresses systemic bias and racism. Only by doing so can we reduce the experiences that culminate in so-called imposter syndrome among employees from marginalized communities — or at the very least, help those employees channel healthy self-doubt into positive motivation, which is best fostered within a supportive work culture.Man Forced to Pay $100,000 After Ex-Wife Lies In Family Court
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Jodi-Ann Burey is a sought-after speaker and writer who works at the intersections of race, culture, and health equity. She is the creator and host of Black Cancera podcast about the lives of people of color through their cancer journeys. Partner Center.Women not real anymore
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