Your Imposter Syndrome is Your Strength

with Caroline Flanagan


Imposter Syndrome, Confidence, Identity, Career Progression


Do you ever feel like a fraud? Do you believe your success is all down to luck? Are self-doubt and the fear of being found out holding you back?

If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then you are not alone. This is Imposter Syndrome – a unique form of self-doubt that afflicts over 70% of the population, and particularly high achievers. To everyone else you are qualified, deserving and highly capable. But how you feel on the inside is an entirely different matter.

Imposter Syndrome can manifest in many ways: perfectionism, playing small and the frustration of unrealised potential. For this reason, conventional wisdom views Imposter Syndrome as a weakness – something that must be ditched or overcome if you are ever going to get ahead.

Caroline Flanagan begs to differ.

Caroline Flanagan – a black woman from a working class background who achieved success in a predominantly white, male, middle class environment – is proud to call herself an Imposter. After years of battling her Imposter Syndrome she made an epic discovery: Imposter Syndrome wasn’t a problem that needed to be fixed. It was a puzzle that needed to be solved. By solving that puzzle she turned Imposter Syndrome into a strength.

Drawing on case studies, research and her own personal experience, Caroline challenges the common perception of Imposter Syndrome as a weakness, and shares her powerful strategy for making it a strength that will help you achieve your potential.


This talk is designed for anyone who suspects that they, or someone in their team, is suffering from Imposter Syndrome and is eager to learn how Imposter Syndrome can be used as a strength. It is a powerful opportunity for diverse audiences within an organisation to exchange views on a subject that affects people at all levels, and which gets to the heart of what makes each member of the organisation valuable: the unique stories and experiences which inform our individual thinking, build our character and enrich our work.