Randstad Canada HR Blog

Standing out in the workplace: a conversation with Faith Tull

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Faith_Tull.jpgFaith Tull, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Randstad Canada, is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience in the discipline. At Randstad Canada, she’s responsible for leading and directing the Human Resources team and contributing to the achievement of the organization’s short and long-term business objectives through the development of leading edge programs and services. Faith reviews and establishes HR business priorities on an ongoing basis to ensure results have a positive impact on internal and external clients, and continues to position Randstad as an employer of choice.

How do you grow influence in an organization?

You grow influence by bringing your voice to the table when it is asked for, so ensuring that you are bringing data and facts to back up the information you’re putting forward. Being great communicators, being transparent with your team, in this day and age employees are striving for information. They want to know where the company is going, how they’re going to get there. So be very open and transparent with your employees and be great communicators that are present with the business. Not being afraid to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty just to show that we’re all in this together.

When you’re ready to lead, how do you get noticed?

You get noticed by knowing your team, knowing your business partners, and knowing your sponsors. Be prepared to give them relevant information and feedback to show your value add to the business. So you get noticed by your successes and your track record and understanding what drives the business and what value they’re looking for so that you’re able to be that strategic business partner that we hear.

Want more insights on becoming a great leader or to download a copy of our Women Shaping Business Study 2015? Go to http://www.womenshapingbusiness.ca

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Tags: Women Shaping Business, women in leadership

Identifying leaders: a conversation with Shoana Prasad

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

shoana2.jpgShoana Prasad, executive coach and founder of Glenwood Consulting Group Inc., brings over 15 years of executive development training to her client portfolio. She offers communications training, coaching and executive branding work. Her clients include financial institutions, consumer products, pharmaceutical and healthcare, as well as media and technology. Outside the corporate space, Shoana is a regular speaker at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto and the McGill Business School in Montreal. In addition, Shoana leads programs in personal branding for Women of Influence Inc. and has prepared speakers for Toronto’s first-ever Women’s TEDx. 

 

How do we identify female leaders in your organization?

I really see a few things, I see number one business acumen. I mean, any leader has to be able to see every angle of the business. They have to understand the people who drive those numbers and they have to be able to communicate in a way that really draws out the priorities for the business and how the team can prioritize some of those needs moving forward. I think the other piece of it is communication skills. I think it’s important to be somebody who can speak in facts, and data, and stats, but also speak in narrative. Speak in a way that really resonates and is relatable not only to the executive team, but middle management and people at the entry level because these of course are the leaders who you’re building. So you’re trying to build this talent and retain this talent. I think the other thing is this illusive thing called presence and I’m even going to loop this to this idea of your personal brand. What is that thing that you have and that feeling that you leave people that you need in order to motivate and to really drive people to the next level. Even in moments where they’re not really sure if they’re capable and they’re struggling with their own impostor syndrome. So I think it’s a lot of those things and of course a million other different factors as well.

 

How do you assess and develop your leadership skills?

Ask a lot of questions. Ask people where they’re good and where they could be even better. I think it’s a very difficult thing to, it’s not difficult to ask the question, it’s difficult to hear the answer in some cases. But you’ve got to ask it with sincere curiosity, you’ve got to ask it with a hope and a want that you can be even better. And that with this information you’re going to be even more successful leader that is open to feedback and positioning yourself as somebody who is truly somebody who is approachable and accessible and I think that’s incredibly important for leaders today.    

 

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Tags: Women Shaping Business, Womenshapingbiz, women in leadership

You have what it takes to lead (you just don’t know it yet)

Posted by Marie-Noelle Morency on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

 Great leaders are born. Or are they? If that’s so, it means that half the population – the female gender half – is particularly challenged to achieve leadership status and be accepted as leaders. Are they really not born leaders or we the problem? Maybe it’s time to rethink what leadership is and the qualities required to be a great leader. Maybe perception is the problem. That, and bias and resistance to change.

Think about it. Think about the kind of leader you’d be inspired to follow. You may already be that person. If not, becoming that person is within your grasp.

While you don’t need all the traits identified as leadership qualities, you’d be surprised at how many you already have and how, with a little tweaking and a shift in how you think about them, they can propel you forward and upward. In other words, you can develop the skills to become a great leader and change a few minds in the process.

 

You can lead if you are:

Intelligent:  You’re smart. Period. And by the way, there are different types of intelligence and each one brings value.

Capable: You have marketable, transferable skills even if you need help identifying them. You wouldn’t be employed for long if you weren’t capable.

Understanding: Great leaders are sensitive to the people in their teams. It makes them want to help others to achieve their goals and others respond to them.

Decisive: You can make decisions, even the hard ones. You do it everyday. Nothing wishy-washy about you even if you have to fake it to make it. You get the job done.

Open:  You listen when people talk. You create an atmosphere where lines of communication are open. That’s a safe environment. You help people reach their potential, which already makes you a great leader.

Emotional: Rather than derision, the ability to know yourself emotionally and be able to connect with others in an emotional way is a skill to be celebrated. It gives you the edge when it comes to reading people successfully.

Honest: Your honesty goes a long way to building relationships. Relationships are important to you. That’s why you’re a great team builder. People know you’re a person of integrity. That’s inspiring.

Creative: Goes hand in hand with curiosity. Don’t worry if you think you don’t have a ‘head for business’. Creative people make great leaders because they’re flexible and adaptable. They think outside the box – a really powerful tool for solving problems and developing strategies. They know there’s more than one way to get there from here.

Conscientious: Meticulous detail person? As a leader, you can provide thoughtful, impactful feedback and direction to your team.  Things don’t get lost in the process when you’re in charge.

So now that you know you have what it takes to lead, how can you develop the skills you need to lead?

See yourself as a leader. You can’t expect others to see you in a leadership role if you don’t see it first. Find women in leadership roles and invite them to mentor you. Attend presentations and seminars where women are keynote speakers. Develop a network that includes successful women leaders. Act like a leader.

Develop confidence. Read, take a class, find a counselor, offer to lead or present seminars, take on smaller projects and form a team to achieve results. You’ll gain confidence with each success and learn from your mistakes. You’re building an arsenal of skills – mistakes are a big part of that.

Assess your skill set and update/refresh where necessary. Train, attend seminars, and fill your education gaps. That’s something you should be doing on an ongoing basis.

Define your style. Women are often caught between a rock and a hard place. They’re advised to assert themselves and called aggressive when they do. When they speak up, they’re considered pushy and when they’re quiet, they’re often overlooked. By identifying who you are and how you operate best, you prevent others from defining you.

Start early. Be the mentor you’d like to have. Get involved in educational institutions, programs and organizations you can mentor young girls in the skills they need to become leaders down the road.

You have to empower yourself before you empower others. That’s difficult in a society where you’re that half the population that’s underrepresented, and in a culture that undervalues your contributions and undermines your qualities as leadership material. But it’s not all negative. Things – and attitudes – are changing, perhaps with the speed of glaciers, but changing nonetheless. The more women seek, ask for and take on leadership roles, the more ‘naturalized’ the whole process will become. Think about that.

 

Want more insights on becoming a great leader or download a copy of our Women Shaping Business Study 2015? Go to http://www.womenshapingbusiness.ca

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Tags: Women Shaping Business, Leadership & Ethics, women in leadership