By: Jada Miles
Many students and professionals can relate to feeling like an imposter or having to tone down their true self in professional environments. It is common for people to feel like they don’t deserve their accomplishments or they “just got lucky."
Brandi Boatner, Digital & Advocacy Communications at IBM spoke about imposter syndrome and covering in the workplace and ways to combat this.
Boatner covered three main points during her session:
- Altering their appearance
- Avoiding advocating for their group
- Avoiding behaviors associated with their identity
- Avoiding contact with other group members
At the end of the session Boatner left us with some key takeaways to help combat these issues. Organizations should increase psychological safety which is “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking,” which would then lead to benefits from diverse thinking. She also encouraged people to live their authentic lives, and adjust to a new normal.