Leadership & Management

Tall Poppy Syndrome

August 14, 2020 from 12:0012:45pm EDT GMT-4

💻 Zoom Virtual Event

A recent survey, led by Dr. Rumeet Billan, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, found an overwhelming number of women in Canada have experienced Tall Poppy Syndrome in the workplace. A term popularized in Australia, Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when people are attacked, resented, disliked, criticized or cut down because of their achievements or success. This has an impact on everything from engagement to productivity to retention. It also has a direct impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of women. An immediate change is needed to support women in the workplace, to encourage their accomplishments and shift the culture of toxic workplaces. This session will examine the results of The Tallest Poppy, and discuss how psychological health and workplace performance has been affected by this silent systemic syndrome. It will also include an interactive Q & A with lead researcher, Dr. Rumeet Billan.


Dr. Rumeet Billan (@RumeetBillan) is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. Dr. Billan is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital. She completed her PhD at OISE, University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. She led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace and is the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association that aims to transform workplace cultures. Recently, she released her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up. She also serves on the Board of Directors of CODE and for G(irls)20.