Yes, it's an uneven playing field.
Yes, there are inequitable situations in the workplace that make it harder for women to achieve the careers they want.
Yes, it seems that there is unconscious bias and double standards in the workplace that drive a different interpretation of what women do and how they do it.
If we're to be honest, though, women themselves often step back from opportunities feeling they're not ready – not yet perfect – or may take the job and wait in fear to be discovered as incapable. We judge ourselves (and others) harshly. We take things way too personally. We get in our own way.
Yet, the qualities that most female managers and leaders bring to their role are exactly what business needs today. The relationships, the empathy, the willingness to consult and collaborate, their ability to engage their direct reports, their communication capability to name a few are what organisations of any size need from micro to multi-national.
Why do we sabotage our opportunities? Or if we do take them up, why don't we acknowledge the contribution we made to our own success? At a fundamental level, we feel we're simply not good enough. Many of us are driven by the need to be perfect, fuelled by an internal critic that won't let up.
If you recognise any of these thoughts and behavioural patterns, are you OK with limiting your own possibilities in this way? Or would you like to move beyond those diminishing feelings to see yourself more accurately, to recognise your strengths, talents and successes and to make the contribution only you can make?
I am offering my "Skirting Leadership or Open to Possibilities" workshop in the public forum for the first time in Sydney. This programme usually runs in-house with organisations like CSIRO, TAL, and Suncorp or through Associations such as the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) Inspire Group. Here is what one participant from CSIRO said:
Suzanne provides an in-depth and experiential workshop that is so applicable in today's workplace culture. She is highly adaptable to specialist workplaces and is great at getting at the core of issues. Tracey. Senior Manager
What outcomes can you expect from the workshop?
- Understand the Imposter Syndrome as a limiting mindset and why you experience it
- Recognise and accept your own strengths, capabilities and successes as a foundation for growth
- Identify your bridges and barriers to success
- Learn to use your emotions as a source of information about your unconscious filters
- Build trust in yourself, your capability and your value
- Recognise what triggers an experience of the imposter syndrome. Track the triggers back to a cause which can then be addressed
- Decode the 7 fear-based behaviours we engage in to prevent discovery as an 'imposter' and develop a strategy to move beyond them
- Identify the price you pay for feeling you're not good enough – in your career and in your life.
- Increase self-awareness, empathy, self-compassion, curiosity and behavioural flexibility to give you more choice
- Take on tools to help shift your mindset, emotions and behaviours, channeling them more effectively to achieve your desired outcomes.
Here is what some previous participants of my Melbourne public programme had to say:
Suzanne delivered an engaging and valuable workshop. At the conclusion, I left with skills and strategies that I can apply in both a personal and professional context. I no longer feel alone about suffering from the imposter syndrome." Brooke, Planning & Purchasing Manager, Tontine Group
Fantastic! Everyone should do it. Lisa, General Manager, Alternate Care
Inspirational, comprehensive, exceptional leadership learning. Andrea, Director, AA Communications
Here's what you get to support your experience:
- Information and questions to start your thinking process before the workshop
- Participation in the workshop with a small group of like-minded individuals
- A workbook capturing and expanding on the core concepts
- A half-hour telephone follow up coaching session
- A discounted rate on further coaching to move beyond the imposter syndrome if you should need or want it.
- and so much more.