When members of her team are held back by imposter syndrome, Nidhi
works with them to embed reminders of their strengths, achievements,
and why they truly deserve to be where they are today. For herself,
Nidhi has overcome the idea that she has to be all things to
everyone, all of the time, and accepted that she is good enough the
way she is.
From a young age, Emeline assumed that her achievements were down to
luck or the kindness of others. She doubted that with multiple
learning difficulties she could ever succeed in the corporate world.
While her career did advance, she saw that not everyone was judged
fairly – particularly assertive women like her – so made sure to
surround herself with people who believed in her value.
After a previous employer asked her to soften her confident
communication style, Rana strongly believes that professional
performance reviews should only ever be made against specific,
objective metrics. She also encourages leaders and managers to
disregard self-assessments, as research shows that women routinely
under-rate their performance while men over-rate theirs, and this
can influence even well-intentioned evaluators.
When Shuping first chose to work part-time to focus on family, she
still put pressure on herself to keep pace with her peers’ career
progression. But pushing hard on all fronts took the fun out of both
work and family time, so for ten years Shuping chose to prioritize
her children. Now they are older she is diving back into work and
enjoying a new stage of her career.
Dominique has always been an overachiever. She strove for perfect
grades in school, invests heavily in building healthy relationships,
and excels in a demanding job. This has created a full but sometimes
overwhelming life. So, while Dominique still pursues her ambitions,
she has put boundaries in place to prevent any one element from
taking over and gives herself grace when things don’t go to plan.
The transition into consulting was tough for Severine, who had spent
the previous 15 years of her career in the automotive industry. The
constant travel and high-pressure, fast-moving projects made her
feel insecure and self-conscious. It took the help of friends,
family, and co-workers to remind Severine that she was talented,
successful, and deserving of her achievements.
When Julia was at school, she assumed she did well in exams only
because she was lucky. It took a friend to point out that she was
smart, worked hard, and deserved credit for doing well. It’s
something Julia still reminds herself of today, and when she works
with new graduates makes sure that they try believe in themselves in
moments of doubt.
Shaheen aspires to define herself and her happiness in ways beyond
career and money. She knows that the best version of herself is when
she slows down and reconnects with her inner child, bringing
laughter, curiosity, and playfulness into her day. If work gets her
down, Shaheen takes inspiration from her past achievements,
reminding herself that she is someone who can overcome challenges.
Senior Human Capital Manager
Like many women, Samantha has had moments where her confidence was
shaken. Rather than getting stuck on a treadmill of perfectionism,
Samantha recommends trying to be the best version of yourself and
measure your worth on your own terms. To support this in her own
life, she surrounds herself with people who hold similar values to
her own and who can challenge her.
Adina believes that each person can have it all, but only when each
one gets to define what that means on their own terms and against
their own values. Still today, too many women are asked to meet
standards and live life based on society’s expectations.