As a leader you may never have felt the fear of being found out as faker or a phony. You may never have experienced the sense of being a fraud in your own role. But you can be certain that a proportion of your team may be experiencing this illogical feeling of ‘intellectual fraudulence’. The implications can include a loss of productivity, gender inequities, poor health and wellbeing, and a lack of innovation. At a time when all these matters are key to business success, leaders should be looking to how they can diminish and prevent the social drivers of the impostor phenomenon in their workplaces.
Dr Theresa (Terri) Simpkin is a forward thinking, industry focused academic, consultant, public speaker and educator. Driven by an almost insatiable urge to see people and organisations harness their potential, Terri finds professional and personal satisfaction in working with people who know they and their organisations can be better.
Driven by her frustration at the glacial pace of real change from inclusion practices, her professional development programme, Braver Stronger Smarter, is based on her own research into the impostor phenomenon; advancing over forty years of previous work in the area. The initiative aims to diminish the workplace, leadership and personal implications associated with the experience. This work has a focus on inclusion and minimisation of implicit bias in organisational and social structures.
As an experienced consultant, she has worked with industry associations, large organisations and SMEs. She has advised government agencies on skills, labour and training strategies and informed the Australian Government on skills shortages and labour market issues. In short, she has a fascination with structures that support and inspire the best in people.
As an educator, Terri has worked extensively in vocational education, the university sector and executive education. Generating responses to pressing organisational challenges, she draws on creative and evidence-based sources to deliver context aligned suites of interventions and/or initiatives. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in the data economy for her work developing world leading Master’s programmes and advising industry on workforce challenges.
She is a regular contributor to industry journals, publications, radio and television media.
Churchill Fellow, CPHR, MCIPD, PGCert (HE), Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust.
Specialisms: Inclusion, Impostor Phenomenon, Org. Development, PG/Executive Education, Workforce Development/Planning, Leadership, Industry 4.0.