Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
The Imposter Syndrome describes a condition where we feel that we don’t deserve the position or responsibility that we have. We find it difficult to take pride in our achievements and have the feeling that we are a ‘fraud’.
It is staggering how many people suffer from the imposter syndrome. Did you know that Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou all suffered from this condition? It can have a negative effect on your work and the way that you view yourself in the workplace. It can certainly stop talented people from progressing at work and getting the roles that they are capable of.
People who suffer with Imposter Syndrome may often also suffer from some perfectionism and a fear of failure, but they often forget to think about all the things that they do achieve and all the skills and qualities that they do have. The Imposter Syndrome is the feeling where we feel that we don’t deserve the position of responsibility that we have. Often find it difficult to take pride in our achievements and have the feeling that we are a ‘fraud’.
We have designed the workshop to be supportive and encouraging to those who have this
type of confidence issue in the workplace. I run the sessions interactively, for example
unmuting those who want to speak and using the chat box for comments and questions.
At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.
By the end of the session delegates will:
• Understand the Imposter Syndrome and how to deal with it
• Have strategies for dealing with the situations at work which they find challenging
• More clarity about their skills and therefore more confidence in their abilities
• A toolkit for improving and maintaining confidence in the workplace
• An action plan and next steps (and some thinking about how to get support)
Individuals at all levels of the organisation who may be struggling with low confidence/lack of self-esteem. We all have times where we lose track of our skills and capabilities. This is also suitable for team leaders who want to be able to identify and support individuals within their teams who are suffering from the imposter syndrome.
10:00 - 16:00
£595 + VAT
Civil Service College, Westminster, London
Thomas joined the Civil Service in 2009, and participated in the emergency Spending Review and went on to play a role in designing the incoming government’s flagship Universal Credit policy.Read Bio
Thomas Foster joined the Civil Service in autumn 2009, in time for an inside view of the first peace-time Coalition Negotiations for almost a century. He participated in the subsequent emergency Spending Review and went on to play a role in designing the incoming government’s flagship Universal Credit policy.
Later he went on to areas as diverse as financial regulation and designing new financial instruments for private sector investors, and at the other extreme frontline management in a London Jobcentre.
In 2015 he joined the Department for Transport where he built and ran a Briefing and Public Affairs team for the rail franchising programme that oversaw one of the most active and controversial periods in the twenty year history of privatised rail.
Last year he moved to a policy and regulatory role in Local Transport where he is currently overseeing one of the biggest open data projects in UK government history and a wide-spread review of the future of regulation in the taxi and private hire sector.
Prior to joining the civil service Thomas went to Law School in York, studied Politics and Contemporary History at university and worked in a variety of private-sector fields, including high executive search and recruitment for UK based financial services companies.
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