Imposter syndrome, a term that’s been buzzing in professional circles, can be a daunting experience. To shed light on this phenomenon and provide actionable strategies to combat it, Kiersten Borden recently gave an insightful presentation during the Women of Flexo’s September Lunch and Learn. In her presentation, Kiersten delved into the origins, signs, and the positive and negative effects of imposter syndrome. Here’s a summary of her enlightening presentation.
Defining Imposter Syndrome
Kiersten opened the meeting by thanking attendees and expressing her excitement about discussing imposter syndrome. She emphasized that her insights were based on extensive research, underlining that she isn’t a registered psychologist. Imposter syndrome, she explained, is a phenomenon where accomplished individuals paradoxically believe they’re frauds who will eventually be exposed as incompetent. It’s not a clinical diagnosis but an experience that varies among individuals.
Origins and Prevalence
Kiersten highlighted that imposter syndrome isn’t confined to specific demographics. It was coined in 1978 during a study of high-achieving women. However, the phenomenon affects people of all genders, ages, and professions. Common causes of imposter syndrome can be home life, social structures, work environment, and societal pressures. Around 25-30% of high achievers may suffer from it, while up to 82% of people have experienced it at some point in their lives or careers.
The Negatives of Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome can have significant negative consequences. Examples of the negative effects of imposter syndrome can include the following:
- Affects Performance
- Stifles Potential for Growth of Risk Taking
- Could be difficult to connect with others
- Can lead to career burnout
- Interfere with mental health and overall functioning
It’s crucial to recognize these consequences to manage imposter syndrome effectively.
The Positives of Imposter Syndrome
Interestingly, Kiersten discussed how imposter syndrome can have positive aspects such as:
- Could Catalyze Growth
- Can be a healthy way to adapt
- Fuels high achievement
By acknowledging and understanding imposter syndrome, individuals can harness its energy to their advantage.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Kiersten offered practical tools to manage imposter syndrome. Specifically, she provided the six following steps to overcome imposter syndrome:
- Recognize the Signs
- Open up to Others
- Track and Celebrate your Successes
- Say Yes to New Opportunities
- Let Go of Perfectionism
- Embrace the Feeling and Use it
These strategies can help individuals build self-confidence and combat imposter syndrome effectively.
Kiersten also addressed the importance of supporting others dealing with imposter syndrome. Encouragingly, she shared tips for acknowledging their achievements, celebrating their wins, offering guidance, and assessing the work environment to promote a healthier workspace.
Kiersten concluded her presentation by sharing a list of sources for further research. The Lunch and Lean transitioned into an open discussion, allowing participants to share their thoughts and experiences related to imposter syndrome. In a world where imposter syndrome can impact anyone, Kiersten’s presentation offered a ray of hope and actionable steps towards overcoming it. It’s a reminder that, while imposter syndrome may persist, we have the power to manage it, grow from it, and even turn it into a force for positive change in our lives.
About Kiersten Borden
Kiersten is a dedicated professional in Inside Sales at XSYX, a leading global provider of cutting-edge printing plates, plate making equipment, and sleeves and adaptors. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson University in 2018, Kiersten boasts over five years of valuable industry experience. Her journey in the field began at Accredo Packaging, where she took on the role of Graphics Account Specialist Lead, allowing her to build a solid foundation in the industry. Kiersten’s commitment to the field goes beyond her daily responsibilities; for over a year, she has actively contributed as a member of the Women of Flexo steering committee and has recently taken on the role of Co-Chair for the Recruitment and Engagement subcommittee.