University Female Leaders and Imposter Syndrome: An Exploratory Case Study in Malaysia (75412)

Session Information: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Session Chair: Ahmed Shaban

Saturday, 25 November 2023 16:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room E (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Imposter Syndrome affects individuals, specifically high-achieving females, by experiencing self-doubt and feelings of being fraudulent. This qualitative study employed an innovative visual quasi-gamification tool to conduct semi-structured interviews aiming to investigate how Imposter Syndrome affects higher education female leaders in Malaysia and their management of it. The finding suggests that Imposter Syndrome manifests uniquely in the context of females leading higher education in Malaysia. Participants do not suffer from significant self-doubt notions or perceive themselves as fraudulent. However, they experience an immense need to appear ideal in the eyes of their colleagues and those who surround them, in addition to a need to perfect many work aspects. The research demonstrates that female leaders in this study manage Imposter Syndrome through individual self-awareness and reflection. This study also demonstrates the critical need to raise awareness and educate leaders, peers and students about imposter syndrome and its impact, particularly on female leadership in higher education.

Nouran Tarek, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia
Rozilini Mary Fernandez-Chung, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Nouran Tarek is a University Postgraduate Student at University of Nottingham Malaysia in Malaysia

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00