Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, when we experienced success and were recognized for our achievements, others celebrated with us? Sometimes that’s the case, but unfortunately, when someone experiences success, others often resent, attack, or ostracize them. This is known as the Tall Poppy Syndrome, and it can be so demoralizing. My guest today, Rumeet Billan, is an expert in this and recently conducted research on Tall Poppy Syndrome in Canada, and she shares her findings and their implications for all of us.
In studying over 1500 women Rumeet found that 87% of study participants reported that their success was undermined by others at work, and the number one result was a negative impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence. They also ended up downplaying their achievements and engaging in more negative self-talk. Most women felt that they were brought down by both men and women, but in different ways. The men who undermined their successes tended to be in CEO roles and the women who brought them down tended to bee peers and colleagues. Rumeet studied women but points out that men are also victims of tall poppy syndrome. She discusses some of the effects of this on employees as well as what it means for the companies themselves, and she has advice for companies on how to manage this.
You can learn more about Rumeet, and download a white paper on Tall Poppy Syndrome, at her website (https://rumeetbillan.com), and there’s a website for her book as well (https://www.whodoiwanttobecome.com).
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