How to Combat Nagging Self-Doubt: Ask the Experts

How to Combat Nagging Self-Doubt: Ask the Experts

As most high achievers know all too well, self-doubt can spark dastardly effects in the success of one’s career. What if I’m not good enough? What if my boss discovers I’m a fraud? These questions and feelings of inadequacy are more commonly known as imposter syndrome, which was first coined in 1978 by two American psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, to describe high-performing but inwardly anxious women.

An estimated 70 percent of people grapple with impostor syndrome at some point in their lifetimes, according to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, UD welcomed some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top female business leaders and executives as they shared their experience and tips for fighting these nagging insecurities in a panel discussion titled, “Women in Business: A Discussion on Impostor Syndrome and How to Overcome It.

Featured panelists included Lara Kent, vice president of Holmes Murphy & Associates; Marta May, executive vice president of people and inclusion at Freeman Co.; Lisa Truppa, assistant vice president of technology at AT&T; Julie Weber, University of Dallas trustee and vice president and chief people officer at Southwest Airlines; and Beverly Goulet, retired executive vice president and chief integration officer at American Airlines, serving as moderator.

Below are some of our favorite remarks to help you conquer the debilitating psychological phenomenon known as impostor syndrome as well as a full-length recording of the discussion to listen for yourself:

“No one achieves any level of success without people supporting them and believing in them. … It’s important to keep in mind that successful people want other people to be successful.” — Lara Kent

“None of us does anything alone; we do it on the shoulders of giants and we do it with great teams around us.” — Martha May

“You take you with you wherever you go. … leaders make all the difference in the world, so be the kind of leader that you would want to have.” — Martha May

“There’s something always pulling you. Somebody always wants more of you.”         — Lisa Truppa

“We are our own worst critics. … When you do have those doubts about your confidence you need to have a toolkit to go to … part of that is having mentors or close friends who you can seek advice from.” — Julie Weber

Listen to the full panel here:

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