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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Identify the Patterns Undermining Your Confidence

Explore what Imposter Syndrome is, what causes it, and strategies you can use to overcome it.

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Learn how to tackle feelings of inadequacy when transitioning to leadership

Do you ever feel like everyone else seems to know what they’re doing? Well, you’re definitely not alone!

This course will support leaders at the every stage of their management journey. It will help you identify and address negative thought and behaviour patterns that undermine your confidence, and help you to develop your own leadership style and behaviours.

Through this course, you will be empowered to recognise negative behaviours and leadership anxiety, and provided with the tools to help overcome these hurdles as and when they arise.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Understanding imposter syndrome

    • How common is imposter syndrome

      Before we begin, let's see which is the most common feeling of imposter syndrome.

    • What is imposter syndrome?

      Imposter syndrome: an internal experience and thought processes believing that you are not as compentent as others perceive you to be. It can affect anyone, no matter their social status, work background, skill set or expertise.

    • Who has imposter syndrome?

      You may be surprised to find that many people you know, either famous people or through your professional and personal network, experience some or all of the feelings associated with Imposter Syndrome.

    • Causes

      In this section, you will potential causes of imposter syndrome.

  • Week 2

    Impact of imposter syndrome

    • Impacts

      Imposter syndrome can affect productivity, career, relationships and health. We will explore some of these impacts and how they affect you.

    • Self-reflection

      Once you have a deep understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, you won't have to spend so much time worrying that you're not "qualified" for a particular task, project or role.

  • Week 3

    Strategies to address imposter syndrome

    • Coping strategies

      You may never be able to conquer feelings associated with imposter syndrome completely. However you can definitely find ways to manage the symptoms.

    • Action plan

      While it is important to understand Imposter Syndrome, ultimately the difference in your professional practice can only come about through changing what you do and what you think.

    • End of course test

      The following quiz contains a mix of 10 multiple choice and true false questions based on the three weeks of content.

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  • Communicate your change and transformation of professional practice by drawing on knowledge and understanding effective leadership skills and behaviours
  • Demonstrate autonomy and judgement by acting on critical reflection of effective practice and integrity

Who is the course for?

New leaders, aspiring leaders, and anyone who struggles with feelings of inadequacy in their workplace will benefit from completing this course.

Who developed the course?

University of Southern Queensland

USQ provides career-focused, quality on-campus and online education and has done for over 50 years. USQ has scored five stars for employability and internationalisation (QS Stars rankings, 2019) and is Australia’s No. 1 university for the highest graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2018-20).

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    1967
  • Location

    Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich in Queensland, Australia
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