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Female directors strategise to overcome ‘imposter syndrome’

By Gloria Nwafor
17 March 2022   |   3:25 am
To address challenges of self-doubt and feelings of insecurity faced by most women, an executive coaching programme, ‘Tabletop Conversations’, initiated by the Women Director Development Committee (WDDC) of the Institute of Directors ...

To address challenges of self-doubt and feelings of insecurity faced by most women, an executive coaching programme, ‘Tabletop Conversations’, initiated by the Women Director Development Committee (WDDC) of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, is designed to address how female executives can overcome imposter syndrome in leadership positions.

Chairman, WDDC of IoD Nigeria, ‘Debola Osibogun, during a maiden webinar organised by the committee recently, with the theme, ‘Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome in a Rapidly Changing World’, said the programme seeks to highlight the causes of the syndrome and how best women in leadership roles can overcome them.

According to her, it is to equip female leaders with the solutions they need to take ownership of their successes and be improved versions of themselves.

She said the forum was also to promote the development of women leaders, develop, execute and promote programmes that would empower women leaders, and enable them acquire the relevant knowledge as well as skills to compete effectively in leadership.

Stating that it would help female executives develop their individual capacity and also make a positive impact in their various organisations, she added,“This edition of the Tabletop Conversations is unique being the first to be organised by the WDDC and it is in celebration of the International Women’s Day themed: ‘Break the Bias – Imagine a gender-equal world.”

The Guest Speaker and Chairman, Access Bank Plc., Dr. Dere Awosika, urged that women must move to the era of competence with value acquisition of their gender without having a mindset for preferential treatment.

She said women must always be focused and drive through the pathway with a need to distinguish themselves.

To tackle the imposter syndrome, the bank chief urged that women must be prepared to stop the undefined, mixed and disproportionate impact of imposter syndrome.

“Should we then say going forward from the year 2022, we are going to be seeing more women at the top, and as women, we continue to demystify the topic and work with confidence and continue to produce results without any pity from employees, bosses or otherwise,” she said.