ENOUGH ALREADY WITH IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Too often we see successful people and we set about copying them. I have certainly been guilty of it, I’ve even been called out on it in a job interview (eek!).
Listening to these amazing speakers I learnt there isn’t some secret mould you need to fit to be successful. Each had a unique experience they shared about becoming who they are today.
They spoke about topics ranging from purely professional to the most painful personal stories.
What unified them all was that they were unique, authentic and passionate in what they spoke about. Many hinted at imposter syndrome and some called it out as something that never goes away.
I’ve certainly let my imposter syndrome hold me back in the past but I now know that even high profile hugely successful people still get it. It’s not going away. It’s ok to acknowledge it but don’t let it hold you back.
Say YES to opportunities that come your way.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE IT UP
Don’t settle for the status quo or how it has always been. Everyone can make a difference.
To quote one of the tour speakers, “If you want to get opportunities not many others get you need to make decisions not many others make.”
When I joined the ANZ Treasury team in 2018 I was breaking the mould. I was to be the only female in the team.
It was an awesome team (still is) hence why I said yes to the opportunity but I wondered why was I the only one? Were females not interested in Treasury careers?
I am proud to say our team is now gender balanced. I’ve had plenty of great women put their hand up for roles in the team.
I believe the Watch Women Win report holds many of the answers as to how we can change things up – visible female role models play an important role in building a supportive culture.
We should never settle for how it has always been.
After spending a week with such an amazing group of emerging wāhine toa I know the future for women in leadership roles is bright.
Each of us have committed to being out there, being visible, taking on opportunities, challenging the status quo and being our unique authentic selves.
As for why we laughed so hard we cried – well, I’m going to leave you guessing. In the time-honoured tradition of these types of getaways, all I can say is “what happens on tour stays on tour!”