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Talking Imposter Syndrome with Advita Patel

Photo credits: Gail Gazelle MD,

At our June 2021 NEST Insight Session, Advita Patel (she/her) poignantly integrates her own experiences as a woman of colour and discusses strategies to overcome our inner critic, more commonly known as ‘imposter syndrome’.

Imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome is when a person does not believe that they deserve what they have earned, or that somehow their achievements are not real. The effects may be amplified in environments where there is little to no diverse representation or sense of belonging.

Imposter syndrome can manifest itself in different ways. These include:

  1. Perfectionist: Must get every detail correct
  2. Superhero: Tries to do everything without any help
  3. Natural genius: Told all their lives that they are amazing, placed on a pedestal
  4. Soloist: Refuses to ask for help
  5. Expert: Must know everything about everything

There has been a lot of talk recently about whether Imposter Syndrome is real. When this session was shared in the Nest Community, members immediately saw themselves and were relieved to clearly identify what they were feeling and why. For that reason, it is important to not diminish a person’s feelings about themselves. It is okay for someone to self-identify with imposter syndrome, but not to judge or accuse others of having imposter syndrome.

A Leader Like Me is an empowered community that supports underrepresented people to build courage and confidence in their work so they can continue to thrive. Our Nest Community is a safe and supportive environment for women* of colour. It includes monthly Insight Sessions to provide information and inspiration while our monthly Group Coaching creates a needed space for members to share their challenges and opportunities, failures and success authentically with leaders like them who share their workplace experience.

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*We welcome non-binary and transgender people of colour who can relate to and benefit from the women-of-colour experience.

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