Four Inspirational Leaders To Follow In 2018

Four Inspirational Leaders To Follow In 2018

Lifestyle | Posted by - December 29, 2017 at 12:30 am

The New Year is a great time to clean your social media followings for new inspiration: unfollow people that don’t add value to your focus areas, and follow new people to gain insights. There are four people who we’re excited to follow into 2018--they recognize and support people as human beings in their work, industries, and lives:

Yung Wu, CEO, MaRs, @YungWu

Torontonian Yung Wu is the new CEO of Canadian innovation hub MaRs Discovery District. He’s also chairman of accelerator NFQ Ventures. We enjoy following Wu on Twitter for his genuine support of people: women in tech and advancing gender equality, celebrating entrepreneurship, and embracing newcomers to Canada and their talents. As he recently tweeted, “So proud and grateful to be Canadian-a country which welcomes newcomers, embraces imagination, provides opportunities for all. Values never to be taken for granted.” Wu is always present with what is happening in Toronto: innovation in the city, new ideas, and celebrating talent, so that means you’ll also never miss a beat following him. 

Zaib Shaikh, City of Toronto Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries, @Zaib_Shaikh 

Zaib Shaikh has an unwavering passion for promoting local talent in the arts--as he says in his Twitter profile, “helping the city be a top global media, music, events, sports, tourism home and destination.” His Twitter feed is a glimpse into that goal--the most important moments in sports and music, a celebration of history and diverse perspectives, and what his team is working on at the City of Toronto--case in point: Horseshoe Tavern celebrating its 70th year in business, an article sharing what it’s like to be Muslim in the NBA, and the 10 best Toronto albums of 2017. Have you heard about the Indigenous Music Awards? Click through to Shaikh’s profile to learn more. 

Adam Grant, Professor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, @AdamMGrant 

Adam Grant’s Twitter feed is a library to becoming better at what we do in life and business: how we give, how we listen, and how we speak. He shares articles and interviews with tangible advice, and tweets his own perspectives about how we contribute our capabilities with others. This recent tweet is particularly meaningful at this time of year, “Giving is about more than donating money. It’s about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections--and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected and valued.” 

Brad Stulberg, Author, Peak Performance, @BStulberg

Brad Stulberg writes about health and human performance. His feed is a great reference point for how to take advice in our personal and professional lives: how to be present; how to take action; and how to surround yourself with the right people. For example, he recently tweeted, “Most people could benefit from more thinking and reflection. But for some, a little less thinking and reflection and a little more living in the moment is probably a good idea.” If you feel you could better understand some of your motivations and ramp up more action for the New Year, then hit follow on Stulberg’s handle. 

Which entrepreneurs do you love to follow? Share their Twitter profiles in the comments below.

Tags: effective leadership, inspiration, leaders, MaRS, motivation, social media, twitter

Kristen Marano

Kristen Marano is a writer based in Toronto, Canada, and Perth, Australia. She’s passionate about connecting women in business to share honest stories and perspectives about the emotional challenges of their work. Follow Kristen on Twitter at

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