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Candela Iglesias gives talks and workshops on leadership and team-building, particularly focused on people who came to leadership through the “back door,” without any formal leadership or management training.


She brings her multicultural perspective - having lived and worked in many countries - to her talks, as well as diverse experiences from having worked with academia, public institutions, not-for-profits and private companies.


Using research, case-studies and personal stories, Candela creates engaging and insightful talks and workshops, where people leave feeling empowered and with a clear step-by-step plan to move forward in their leadership.


Below are sample topics of her talks; please feel free to contact us if you’d like to schedule a talk or discuss a customized presentation.


Being a leader can feel challenging. Especially if you came to a leadership position through the "backdoor", without any leadership or management training. It happens often: You are good at what you do so you get promoted to a leadership position. Or you start a business and end up as CEO of your new company. Only you have no idea how to do this. You wrestle with impostor syndrome.


In this talk, I’ll help you find the leadership skills that you didn’t know you had.


We’ll discuss:

  • Dealing with imposter syndrome and the leadership skills you already have.

  • How to acquire new leadership skills using a growth mindset.

  • Characteristics of successful leaders.

  • Strategies to build your dream team.




You finally got the leadership position you’ve been wanting for years. However, as weeks go by, work starts piling up. Your to-do list is two pages long, requests from your team members eat up all your time and you start missing deadlines. All the juggling is getting out of hand and you don’t know how to keep up.


Leadership positions come with numerous new responsibilities that can soon overwhelm new leaders. In this workshop I’ll provide a set of the tools and strategies to regain control of your agenda, proactively manage your time and achieve results.


We’ll discuss:

  • Immediate strategies to apply when you are feeling overwhelmed.

  • Long term organization strategies for you and your team.

  • Tools to stay productive and support productivity in your team.


Jordan thinks Sam is not doing her share of the work, while Sam believes Jordan is an arrogant know-it-all. Result: two of your best team members are not speaking to each other.


If you’re a team leader, chances are you’ve dealt with such a scenario before, or maybe, you’ve tried to avoid it at all costs, hoping the situation will just resolve itself. Conflict is inevitable when there’s a group of people working or living close together, yet many of us avoid conflict like the plague.

In this talk, I’ll present simple tools to both prevent and resolve conflict in a team, whether it is you who is having a conflict with someone, or whether there is friction between two or more of your team members.


We’ll discuss:

  • Conflict as a process - and how can we use this notion to our advantage.

  • The five styles of conflict handling.

  • How cultures can shape conflict handling styles.

  • Working through conflict using “giraffe language”, a form of communication that decreases animosity and focuses on problem-solving.




So, you’ve been considering changing career paths. You may be feeling unmotivated or downright bored with your current work. Or you may have recently changed countries and realized you can’t or would rather not go back to your previous area of work. Whatever the reason, thinking about a career change can trigger a lot of concerns:

Is this a good move? I have invested so much time/energy into my current career path…

I don’t even know what I want to do next.

Will someone even hire me in this new area of work? I have no skills in this area

I know no one in this new area of work. I don’t even know where to start

What are my options? How do I go about getting a job?

Career change can be daunting and frustrating. It can generate a lot of self-doubt and anxiety. It can also be exhilarating. An opportunity to learn new things, meet new people and explore new challenges. In this talk we’ll aim to move from the former to the latter, by discussing:

  • How to figure out what you want to do next.

  • Dealing with frustration and self-doubt.

  • Practical steps towards your next career path.

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