Fahd Alhattab’s path to leadership began with philanthropy. Compelled by his background as an at-risk immigrant from a low-income family, he raised over $1M for local charities, founded a camp for underprivileged children, and was awarded Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award for his dedication to the community.
On the pursuit of entrepreneurship, Fahd served two terms as President of Carleton University Students’ Association where he represented more than 25K students, managed a team of 150 staff, and oversaw the allocation of a $9M budget.
In 2013, Fahd launched a student entrepreneurship center that has since founded +50 student startups and help them raise more than +$450K in seed capital. This catapulted him to develop a mobile tech startup.
In 2015 with three co-founders Fahd Alhattab and his team set out to introduce a low-cost mobile smart phone with a fun and cheeky brand that could capture the imagination of its customers while not breaking the bank. The journey was a rollar coaster of wins, and loses. Learning the ropes of the startup world over two years, raising funds, manufacturing units, and bringing their vision to life.
Today, Fahd is both an Education reformist and Leadership Expert. Training university educators on how to include experiential learning and leadership development programs in their courses. Having successfully re-imagined and integrated 35 University of Ottawa courses to integrate entrepreneurship, social innovation and leadership.
Built on thirteen years of experience building successful teams, Fahd and his team through their research have identified the tried and true ingredient that set high performing teams apart from competitors — they had leaders who prioritized team performance over individual success. He named them Unicorn Leaders.
Delivered through captivating and actionable keynotes, Fahd Alhattab now retrains managers to become architects of effective teams through his principle of Unicorn Leadership.
Fahd has spoken to +70K people across North America on leadership and been named Rising Star Speaker and Most Entertaining Speaker by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.
Working alongside his team at Unicorn Labs, Fahd is committed to giving start-up founders the leadership skills to build Unicorn companies. He delivers team-building retreats and customized training programs that upgrade staff and start-up managers into self-driven leaders.
Reignite Your Leaders to Build a High-Performing Culture for the Future of Work. Your managers hold the key to 70% of employee engagement; making their leadership capacity the cap on your organization’s growth.
Gone are the days when vision-setting was solely in the hands of the C-suite. It’s the managers and their teams who navigate the execution, tackling challenges like turnover, disengagement, and the demands of a dynamic hybrid workforce. So when organizations are looking high and low for the missing piece in their organizational culture that they believe will lead them to the constantly illusive destination of success, they are usually overlooking the key hidden in plain sight. What is it?: Elevating the ratio of extraordinary to lousy managers.
Amid the battle for top talent, managers embody untapped potential to bridge the gaps in recruitment, retention, and engagement. By transforming managers into visionary leaders who thrive in times of industry change, investing in leadership development becomes your organization’s most impactful investment, maximizing the untapped potential within your talent pool.
In this electrifying keynote, attendees will dive into the six levels of high-performing teams and discover concrete strategies for empowering themselves to become exceptional leaders who forge unstoppable teams.
The Six Steps to Building a High Performing Team. Why do certain groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts while others add up actually to be less? The critical insight is that interactions between individuals matter significantly more than the talent of the individual people in the team. Have your managers learn the Six Levels of High Performing Teams to transform your teams.
Your managers control the culture of your entire organization and are the most significant factor in driving your company’s success. However, managers are often promoted as reward to their past success of a job well-done instead of the people leader skills necessary in leading a high performing team. The result: your managers are stuck as an oversized overworked individual contributor.
Most managers do not spend the necessary time to build an effective team, and while they may know some of the pieces, they lack the understanding of how it all fits together. Elevate from manager to leader through small everyday acts of coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. In this keynote Fahd orients managers towards a pulse-check of their team dynamics and takes a digestible framework for creating a high-performing team.
Often, leadership isn’t about grandiose heroic actions. Leadership opportunities lay in small everyday acts of service through coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. Symptoms of leadership can be found in the implicit subtext and culture that it creates.
The Six Steps to Building a High Performing Team. Why do certain groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts while others add up actually to be less? The critical insight is that interactions between individuals matter significantly more than the talent of the individual people in the team. Empower your managers with the game-changing insights of the Six Levels of High Performing Teams, enabling them to unite all your exceptional individuals into a cohesive and agile powerhouse that yearn to make a difference.
Your managers hold the reins of your organization’s culture, serving as the driving force behind your company’s triumphs. However, too often, managers are promoted based on tenure rather than their leadership prowess in creating high-performing teams. The result? Oversized, overburdened individual contributors who yearn to break free and lose their passion to lead. The burnout trickles down like an insidious virus on your organizational culture.
Most managers struggle to devote the necessary time to build truly effective teams. While they possess fragments of the puzzle, they lack the holistic understanding of how it all interconnects. It’s time to elevate your managers from mere managers to visionary leaders through the power of everyday acts: coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. Brace yourself for a keynote that enlightens managers, offering a pulse-check of team dynamics and unveiling a digestible framework for crafting high-performing teams.
Often, leadership isn’t about grandiose heroic actions. True leadership resides in the small, daily acts of service, manifested through coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. Experience the profound impact of leadership, and walk away inspired with tools to make it your own.
The 6 Steps to Embodying a Leader’s Mindset. In today’s fast-paced world, where the very essence of work is being redefined, it is crucial to embrace a new form of leadership—one that fosters innovation and defies the status quo. Enter disruptive leadership. This keynote from renowned Startup Leadership expert Fahd Alhattab unveils the power of disruptive leadership in the context of the entrepreneurial workplace, inspiring attendees to muster the boldness necessary to bring about impactful changes in their respective fields.
Drawing from his extensive experience in leading and growing startups, Fahd Alhattab will explore disruptive leadership, an approach that eschews traditional hierarchy and invites innovation at all levels. This dynamic leadership style, rooted in empowerment, creativity, and collaboration, fuels the engine of entrepreneurial workplaces, providing them the vigor to continually innovate and thrive in a volatile business environment.
Embracing Change and Disruption: It’s not about surviving change but leveraging it. Fahd will illustrate how leaders can turn the tide of disruption in their favor, promoting a culture of adaptability and resilience. In this constantly evolving tech landscape, leaders should embody change and inspire their teams to do the same.
Empowerment and Decentralization: Traditional leadership often rests on command and control, but disruptive leadership is about empowering others. Fahd will discuss how leaders can facilitate an entrepreneurial environment by decentralizing decision-making and promoting autonomy, inspiring individuals to step up and take ownership of their roles.
Fostering a Culture of Innovation: Disruptive leaders encourage constant innovation. They create safe spaces for their teams to experiment, take risks, and learn from failures. Fahd will demonstrate how to cultivate such a culture, enabling individuals to stretch their capabilities and pioneer breakthrough solutions.
Bold Decision-Making: In the realm of disruptive leadership, playing it safe is not an option. Fahd will inspire leaders to make bold, sometimes controversial, decisions that challenge conventional wisdom and catalyze growth. He’ll provide actionable insights into balancing the risks and rewards of such decisions.
The 6 Steps to Embodying a Leader’s Mindset. We’ve created this myth to expect singular, grandiose, charismatic leaders to pave the way forward. Be the north star. But true leadership can emerge from anyone, anywhere.
It’s time to shatter the misconception that leadership rests solely on one person’s shoulders. Effective leadership is a collaborative effort, a symphony of strengths and shared values. It’s about fostering a culture where every individual is empowered to lead and embrace change with unwavering agility. The secret lies in the domino effect—you can be the catalyst, the first domino that sets it all in motion.
Say goodbye to outdated hierarchies that purely reward seniority. In today’s dynamic world, routine-minded employees hinder their own growth and potential. The real magic happens when individuals are empowered to take risks and seize opportunities. And it all starts with cultivating a leadership mindset.
Drawing from a decade of leading and studying teams, Fahd unveils the path to discovering the leader within each of us. This captivating keynote equips your audience with the essential tools to embrace their brilliance, amplify their ideas, and lead with confidence. Fahd will delve into the common pitfalls of leadership and team dynamics, guiding managers through the transformative six-levels of team development.
Prepare to unlock the true potential of your teams and witness the remarkable transformation of any group into a high-performing machine. This actionable and empowering talk will leave any audience reinvigorated and biased for action.
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“Fahd led me through such a powerful journey of learning and growth into leadership. I've been applying his principles at work and in my personal life, and I've seen the positive effects these learnings have had in my endeavours.”
Patrick Labreche, Tech Lead, Fullscript
“Unicorn Labs gave the team exactly the type of experience they needed to develop skills and rapport with one another. Fahd turned even the most skeptical participants into engaged participants with his energy, charisma, and relatability."
Craig Handy, Head of Evolution, Shopify
“Fahd’s captivating stories are packed with leadership lessons. He shares what he’s learned from his mistakes, making his talks relatable and inspiring for the audience.”
Jason Daley, Investor
“When I spoke to Fahd, his passion and knowledge of what our team was experiencing at the time, really sealed it for me. He gets it.”
Vincent Ircandia, CEO, StellarAlgo
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