As an eighth-grader, today's guest started a column at a school newspaper called "Ask Dr. Rich". While that gave his classmates a chance to ask questions mostly relational in nature, that gave him a glimpse of what he wanted to do and to become in the future. Guided by parents who groomed him to become a medical doctor, at that early age, he was certain he was destined to become a child psychiatrist.
Recently, he co-authored with his wife a book Own Your Greatness, which deals with strategies in overcoming impostor syndrome. This aims at helping successful people who feel stuck in their careers find a better fit, better paying, and more satisfying jobs and opportunities somewhere else. Though there had been a myth that impostor syndrome only hit women, he clarifies it is not the case. It looks different in men and women, particularly in their coping mechanisms, but it can happen to anyone regardless of gender. Women tend to overwork while men tend to associate with less advanced peers and seek mastery than risk-taking.
Delving deeper, he tells us that impostor syndrome, unfortunately, traces back to one's childhood experiences. Whether he is identified as a smart one, or just the lucky one, one has to work hard to cope, to live up, or to prove to wrong these somewhat soul-embedded identities. Hence, whether you are a man, a woman, or a parent, this session offers a lot of learnings and research-based steps to help you and those around you conquer impostor syndrome so that it no longer affects what you are capable of nor limits your highest potential.
Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin is a licensed psychologist and executive coach, with a focus on leadership development and diversity, equity & inclusion. He is a co-founder and partner of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting LLP, a career and executive coaching, consultancy, where he works primarily with executives, senior leaders, and entrepreneurs.
He regularly consults to companies in the private sector, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations on issues related to leadership, diversity, equity, & inclusion, anti-racism, impostor syndrome, team cohesion, and stress management.
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