70% of the general population struggles with Imposter Syndrome, the feeling that one is not cut out for the work one is doing or aspires to do, combined with a fear of being discovered as a fraud. Ironically, high achievers and those in certain fields (such as the law) are at unique risk of this often hidden epidemic and suffer a greater sense of isolation and anxiety because of it. Attorneys equipped to recognize, prevent, and disrupt Imposter Syndrome experience greater leadership presence and increased professional fulfillment and engagement, as well as improved wellness, which contribute organizationally to increased retention as well as more meaningful inclusion. This webinar explored this common barrier to true confidence and helped participants better recognize and address limiting beliefs within themselves and each other. Slides available here.
Q: How do I get over the idea that I'm a loser because I've had different experiences based in my marginalized identities?
A: "First, I encourage you to think about how you are defining 'winner' and 'loser.' The way 'winner' (or 'leader') is defined for us is by the majority and in the image of the majority. We have to really think about those terms and decide what we think are 'winner' qualities and what are 'loser' qualities.
As I wrote about in this blog post (and often speak about), I used to have terrible Imposter Syndrome about public speaking. I was convinced I was a 'loser' public speaker. When I stopped trying to fit the model of the traditional 'winner' public speaker and instead explored what makes me unique (including from my own experiences of marginalization and the compassion and vulnerability they fostered in me), I was able to build a new model of a 'winner' public speaker – one that leverages my unique abilities.
In a nutshell, I recommend you explore your unique skills, experiences, and perspectives and think about how they make you uniquely qualified for the work you are doing or want to be doing."
Meet Your Teacher
Neha Sampat, Esq. is CEO and founder of GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. Through consulting, training, speaking, and writing, she helps organizations create peak‐performance, inclusive teams by addressing hidden barriers to belonging, such as Imposter Syndrome and internalized bias, unconscious bias, generational diversity, distrust in teams, and wellness challenges. Through professional development coaching, she helps her individual clients develop job situations and leadership styles that engage their true and best selves. She is a nationally sought-after expert on building evidence-based confidence and teaches the top-rated “Owning Your Value” course to help lawyers identify and address Imposter Syndrome.
Neha practiced law at both large and boutique law firms, and later joined law academia as dean of students and adjunct professor of law and leadership. Her insights have been featured in Time Magazine, ABA Journal, Attorney at Work, ABA Law Practice Today, Thrive Global, News India Times, the Resilient Lawyer podcast, the GenWhy Lawyer podcast, the Heels of Justice podcast, the Leaders Love Company podcast, and other professional publications. Neha works across industry, from Pixar to Perkins Coie LLP, and UC Berkeley to Community Impact LAB. Neha holds BAs in Sociology and Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, obtained her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, received her Certificate in Graduate Applied Psychology from Golden Gate University, and is certified in Hogan Assessment. You can read more of Neha’s insights at blog.genlead.co, follow her on TW/IG/FB at @belonglab, and reach her directly at email@example.com.