Author: Sihle Bolani

When I think about leadership, I always start by thinking about how leadership has always been defined. Visually, it’s the pictures of men in sharp suits and womxn who are power-dressing, standing with arms crossed and no smiles, because, how else would we know they are serious and mean business? Thinking of it in terms of…

There are many reasons why people experience anxiety at the thought of confrontation or needing to have difficult conversations. Sometimes, it’s a fear of authority. Sometimes, it’s because people are socialised to believe that elders, whether at home or at work are not to be challenged. Sometimes, it’s because people don’t know how to have…

As a Black womxn, there are so many assumptions, generalisations and insults that I’ve been faced with in the workplace. It took me a while to fully understand why certain words or comments would also rub me the wrong way when they made other people (namely white people and Black men) laugh. I’ve often asked…

Hard work pays off. What you put in is what you get out. These are just some of the phrases we’ve all heard that are supposed to inspire us to pour everything we have into our work in order to enjoy the benefits of professional and financial success. And so, we spend years putting in…

  When I look at the significant transformation happening in the corporate workplace, I am always struck by the lack of representation for Black women in the tech sales industry. In order to understand why we aren’t seeing major growth in the participation of Black women in this space, it’s important to understand the historical…

Transformation is one of those big words that we’ve heard & spoken about for many years. Initially, transformation was only defined as BEE, so we saw white-owned businesses scrambling, albeit begrudgingly,  to find BEE partners – usually silent/invisible partners – who became part owners of their businesses. Next came the staff share schemes for Black…

Growing up, I didn’t see many people who looked like me being corporate ladder climbers, business leaders, business owners and on the covers of magazines being celebrated for their success, acumen, grit and wisdom. I saw white men. Everywhere. And occasionally, white women. Unconsciously, it began to frame what I believed was possible for me,…

Living in a country that has a longstanding history of creating endless barriers to control how, when and where Black professionals have access to good work opportunities has resulted in many people being conflicted by the need to feel “grateful” for having a job even when they are in toxic, abusive work environments. The notion…