Today’s show is about a topic we’re all familiar with in one way or another. Imposter syndrome is something I’ve experienced, and I’ve seen it manifested in many other coaches. If we’re honest, most of us have had personal experience with this phenomenon, and it seems to be a battle that women leaders often have to fight. Join us to dive into this topic and learn more! Dr. Jennifer Hunt had trained, mentored, and supervised hundreds of medical students, residents and practicing physicians before she became aware of the unexpected prevalence of imposter syndrome. It’s especially widespread among women leaders in healthcare. In addition to serving as the Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Jennifer is a sought-after speaker and executive coach for current and aspiring leaders in the field of medicine.
She has developed a popular leadership development program for women to address imposter syndrome in their professional lives. The program is called “Unlocking the Authentic Self,” and it feeds into Jennifer’s passion-mission to increase the number of women in leadership roles across all industries. Since imposter syndrome is a big contributor in holding women back from their potential, Jennifer is bringing her experience forward to work with women around this area. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ll benefit from hearing what Jennifer shares with us today about the five dysfunctions of imposter syndrome and her practical tips for overcoming this trap.
● Jennifer helps people develop their skills and fully find what is resourceful about themselves
● Jennifer’s preferred title for imposter syndrome: “Self-underappreciation syndrome”
● How Jennifer began her work with physicians with imposter syndrome
● The intentions behind Jennifer’s program
● Why women and minorities are held back by imposter syndrome
● The five dysfunctions of imposter syndrome:
○ Internalizing emotions as truth
■ Label your emotions and their roots, and use centering, grounding, and power-posing techniques
○ Seeing the super-sized, gigantic inner critic
■ Label the critic, hear it, notice it, and make it speak to your face
○ Showing up to life as an avatar
■ Show up as the real you, and act out of choice, and not habit
○ Using unresourceful approaches to risk-taking and challenges
■ Reframe failure as a step in a process and an opportunity to learn and gather data
○ Having a destructive pattern for processing feedback
■ Cultivate tools and strategies for processing both criticism AND praise
● Jennifer’s 8-week program and the assignments and fieldwork to practice and perfect the tools and techniques
Book: Unlocking Your Authentic Self: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Enhancing Self-Confidence, and Banishing Self-Doubt by Jennifer Hunt, M.D.