Who gets to decide for you?
In this week’s episode of Speaking with Women, I “chat” about the Harvard Business Review article titled “Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome”.
Its core thesis is that women have been wrongly “diagnosed” with imposter syndrome, but that the real issue is toxic workplaces that have not been designed for women to succeed.
You can’t disagree with that statement, can you?
Well, I did. Initially.
My thinking has evolved, and in this episode, what I want to contribute to the conversation is that pinpointing systemic bias and failures of the workplace as the causes of imposter syndrome in women, women of colour and other marginalize folks, is not useful in and of itself. There needs to be another dimension added.
Here’s what recording this episode confirmed for me:
- I am passionate about not being told what is wrong with me.
- I am passionate about not being analyzed, categorized and explained away.
- I am passionate about telling my own damn story.
Listen to it. I would love to hear your opinion.