Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Impostor Syndrome: The Plague of the Smart Professional

Talk to any smart and successful person and you'll hear the same story - impostor syndrome. First defined in the 1970's by psychologists Imes and Clance, impostor syndrome is that feeling of anxiety that you really don't know what you are doing, you only got where you are by luck, and everyone is soon to find out that you are a fraud. Sound familiar? These are feelings that live and thrive in the darkness; this program will seek to throw some light on them. We'll talk to successful people who have struggled with and overcome impostor syndrome and learn how librarians can do the same.

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