Leading Virtual Teams: Motivating Different Personalities

Now that we have moved to a virtual world, virtual interactions are as prevalent as in-office engagement. This leaves businesses to find new and creative ways to connect and engage with their employees to keep everyone motivated.

Power of Word Association: Women in Business

Bossy, stubborn, pushy, cold. These are common words used to label female leaders, but not generally used to describe their male counterparts. Often, any defining characteristics used are more so directly linked to a woman’s likability rather than her ability to lead. This ingrained societal behaviour continues gender biases and impacts confidence levels, while further increasing difficulties for women looking to achieve higher positions, like being overlooked for promotion. We all have unconscious biases that can create barriers instead of an inclusive environment that promotes based on performance instead of preconceived notions. It’s vital for us to all take our word choices into careful consideration because, whether intentional or not, it can come across as demeaning, biased, and discriminatory. With the lens of female leadership, it’s important to understand how gender bias and ingrained speech mannerisms negatively impact one gender while solely benefitting the other.

Imposter Syndrome: The Impact on Women Leaders

Does this sound familiar? Feeling unqualified for the position you currently hold, skeptical of your worth, and questioning if your education and experience are enough. This causing you added anxiety and stress, negatively impacting your confidence, and a nagging need to ‘do more.’ If this rings a bell, you may be experiencing imposter syndrome. Although common in nature, there are aspects of imposter syndrome that disproportionately affect women. This can have a lasting impact on their careers, mental health, and confidence in overcoming challenges in the workplace.

Defining Success with Iliana Oris Valiente During COVID-19

Iliana works with fortune 500 clients across many industries helping them shape their innovation agenda through her role at Accenture. Iliana is also strongly connected and involved across the business, tech, and non-profit communities. She is a contributor to the Don Tapscott led Blockchain Research Institute, is an Associate at the Creative Destruction Lab incubator at the University of Toronto where she provides mentorship time to start-ups, and sits on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council for CPA Ontario.

Female Founders: Virtual Success Survey

Do you have a story about your business that could help benefit women entrepreneurs from your advice and experience? We’d love to hear from you! Your answers will help us serve entrepreneurs better by giving real-world tips to struggling businesses throughout the virtual transition.

Women in Leadership: 4 Motivating Success Stories

One thing we can all agree on is that 2020 seems to be a year that will go down as a long chapter in history books. With many tragic global health and societal issues surrounding us, it becomes apparent just how important leadership is. We can see it’s crucial, especially in times of hardship, to lead with compassion, empathy, understanding, and fairness.

Despite the troublesome year, several women have stepped up to show how pivotal feminine leadership qualities will be in overcoming many challenges we’re facing. Acceptance of, and successful adaptation to, our new normalcy will be ushered in by leaders who not only rise to the challenge of guiding, but uniting, people through difficult times.

Women Leaders: Success Amid COVID-19

From the shift to a digital economy and pivoting business offerings to employee layoffs and complete closure, it’s clear that Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on businesses. We’ve interviewed five women who have showcased strong leadership qualities and found success navigating their business and employees through these unprecedented times. Read more to understand how their individual definitions of success and leadership styles have led to positive outcomes for their business, employees, and clients.

Happy Canada Day: A Message to Entrepreneurs

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the beautiful country we call home. But this year, it looks a little different. As entrepreneurs, this year has tested you in ways you have never experienced, nor expected to, during the process of building or owning a business. Resilience, compassion, and willingness to learn has proven to be key in adapting and restructuring business models, organizations, supply chains, and sales processes.