Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Organizational Psychologist, Explores the Superiority of Competence Over Confidence, Advocating for Women as Better Leaders on Tiger Therapy Podcast

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Organizational Psychologist, Explores the Superiority of Competence Over Confidence, Advocating for Women as Better Leaders on Tiger Therapy Podcast
A lack of confidence is actually really powerful and makes us better…
Organizational psychologist & author of “Why do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders” and “Confidence: How Much You Really Need and How to Get It” discusses his groundbreaking research on confidence, diverging from mainstream ideology by exploring the strength found in acknowledging and embracing self-doubt, while presenting a provocative argument for the leadership capabilities of women.

Tiger Therapy,” the acclaimed podcast from knowledge infrastructure solution Tigerhall, has released an eye-opening episode with renowned organizational psychologist, Dr. Tomas Chamorro Premuzic in the spotlight. 

Dr. Premuzic has dedicated his career to understanding the complexities of confidence and leadership. Growing up in Argentina, a country that originally started in top position and since has declined slowly, Dr. Premuzic is accustomed to being around people whose confidence is unaffected despite what is happening around them. 

“I’ve grown up in this environment where people are completely unaware of their limitations, which incidentally ends up being the evolutionary explanation for why overconfidence is so prevalent,” Dr. Premuzic said. “If you can fool yourself, it’s going to be easier to fool other people.”

And being raised by mostly women, he has also been aware from a very young age of the differences between men and women and their confidence and competence.

With this background, Dr. Tomas has spent over 20 years researching the effects of overconfidence and the gender differences within confidence. This opens up the mind-stirring conversation on Tiger Therapy by openly arguing that people want confidence more than they need it and how that ties into women making better leaders than men. 

“If you think about the qualities that leaders ought to have today – things like emotional intelligence, empathy, self-awareness, humility, people skills, self-control and integrity. In each of these traits or qualities, there are gender differences that favor women.”

The dialogue continues as Dr. Premuzic explains that the gap between current leaders and the leaders we need largely stems from an emphasis on style over substance. It reflects an inability to discern the fundamental distinction between confidence and competence, suggesting that sometimes a little bit of imposter syndrome can be a positive experience.

Challenging the conventional norms of what is expected when people act in leadership roles, Dr. Premuzic explains that when we experience self-doubt or imposter syndrome, it actually pushes us to work harder, learn more and perform better. 

As Tiger Therapy is a podcast dedicated to identifying self doubt and limiting beliefs, this episode positions confidence as a form of self-limiting belief. And as the podcast seeks out solutions to overcoming these beliefs, Dr. Premuzic poses the idea that being self-critical and doubting yourself can be a positive element of reaching your full potential in different facets of life. In essence, when we are aware of our limitations, we can work towards improving those skills. 

As Dr. Premuzic concludes by stating, “The optimal level of confidence is having somewhat of a negative internal confidence so that you don’t become complacent coupled with somewhat of a positive external confidence,” listeners are invited to question traditional perspectives on confidence surrounding the ever-evolving dynamics of human experience.

Tiger Therapy features candid conversations with global speakers who have experienced success on their own terms, defied expectations, shattered ceilings, and conquered self-doubt. Self-doubt, or low self-esteem, is a common struggle faced by professionals in today’s workforce. It can also have a severe impact on people’s lives, leading to low achievement and even burnout. Tiger Therapy recognizes these challenges and seeks to provide a solution through conversation. 

To listen to this episode and learn more about Tiger Therapy, please visit https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tiger-therapy/id1713333944

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in people analytics, talent management, leadership development, and the Human-AI interface. He is the Chief Innovation Officer at Manpower Group, co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at both University College London, and Columbia University. He has previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD, as well as being the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems. Dr. Tomas has published 10 books and over 200 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. He is a frequent contributor to Fast Company, the Guardian, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review.


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Pippa Woodhead

Pippa Woodhead, Head of Podcasts at Tigerhall in Singapore and expanding rapidly across Asia Pacific and the US, has had her fair share of imposter syndrome moments in her career. This struggle inspired her to create “Tiger Therapy.”

She used to shy away from opportunities, stay out of the spotlight, and believe that a successful career wasn’t for her. But now, she’s done with holding herself back and is ready to embrace life fully.

During her five years at Tigerhall, Pippa conducted over 800 interviews with exceptional figures in the business world, including Fortune 500 executives, workplace happiness experts, neuroscientists, and Olympic medalists. What she discovered is that great leaders are often highly self-aware. They recognize their own limiting beliefs and know when to heed self-doubt as a valuable message and when to push past it.

Through these insightful podcast conversations, Pippa learned a lot about herself, and the medium itself became her form of therapy. With Tiger Therapy, her aim is to engage in meaningful conversations, explore people’s career journeys, discover more about herself, and share some laughs along the way.

Originally from the UK, Pippa has lived in India, Thailand, and now proudly calls Singapore her home.

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