“Imposter syndrome is that feeling that you’re a fraud, that whatever success or achievements that you’ve had are down to luck and the fear that any minute now someone is going to tap you on the shoulder and expose you as the fraud you think you are.”

Imposter Syndrome can be totally debilitating but it can also be used as a force for good. In this episode of the Nicole Bremner podcast, I explore this subject with my guest, inspirational keynote speaker, transformational coach, author and fellow podcast host, Caroline Flanagan.

Caroline was the only black student in an all-white school, was one of a tiny minority of students of colour at Cambridge University and one of the only people of colour at two of the world’s most prestigious law firms.

She now works with some of the most influential international global organisations including Latham & Watkins, Kirkland and Ellis, Morgan Stanley, Google and Shell, to increase the number of women and people of colour in leadership.

Caroline talks about her new book Be the First: People of Colour, Imposter Syndrome and the Struggle to Succeed in a White World and how she has used Imposter Syndrome to fuel her own success and improve diversity in the workplace.

“The bit that I want to help us all individually repair is the perception of that aspect of ourselves as a weakness, when actually that is the root, the seeds, of our strength.”

We also speak about: 

  • Marginalisation of minority groups, particularly people of colour, and the struggle for better diversity in the workplace and beyond
  • Terminology surrounding ethnic minority groups – what language should we use?
  • Meritocracy and systemic bias.
  • The ethnicity pay and ‘stay’ gap.
  • The secrets to balancing a career and family explored in Caroline’s first book Baby Proof Your Career.

You can follow Caroline on Instagram @flan_caroline and Twitter @caroline_flanagan. Listen to The Caroline Flanagan podcast on all iTunes.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way.

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