Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada

May 05, 2022 Marie Gervais Season 5 Episode 9
Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast
Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada
Show Notes

Bio for Chidi Iwuchukwu

Chidi Iwuchukwu's first book, Coming to Canada, is an Amazon Bestseller. He is an award-winning banker with over seventeen years of experience. He is currently a Disability Support Manager with MirkaCare Services Inc. 

Episode highlight

Chidi Iwuchukwu was groomed to lead from the moment he was born. Listen in on how his Nigerian background, military upbringing, and early mentorship shaped him into the leader he is today.




Instagram: @chidiciwuchukwu 


Twitter: @ChidiCiwuchukwu


“Opportunities are out there for you if you prove yourself.”

“There’s a thin line between aggression and assertiveness.”


Childhood Incidents

Chidi had a disciplined childhood due to his military father and credits his father with teaching him to plot the course of his own life. His mother taught him life lessons through stories, and his grandmother’s belief in him shaped his personality.

Since Chidi was the oldest child, he was looked to for leadership. Having to be composed, take charge, solve problems, and find ways around challenges has helped him become a responsible and accountable leader. 

Influential Groups 

Chidi’s former boss (now mentor) has had the biggest influence on his career by giving him responsibilities greater than his experience warranted and breaking his mental barriers to become bold. 

Temperament and Personality Influences

Chidi is a passionate person, giving all of his passion and energy to focus on a project. He also focuses on the big picture, thinking about what the next five-year plan looks like, taking his team along towards the vision. 

Cultural Epiphanies

Chidi learned about different attitudes, belief systems, and philosophies in different cultures of the world through his travels. Moving to Canada has helped him embrace diversity in every aspect of life and be tolerant of different ways of being. 

He shares that even though the West is perceived as superior in its women empowerment practices, his culture values the older sisters in a family much more, and his country pays equal wages for equal work. Even though parenting practices are different, children are precious to all cultures. 

Advice to an Employer 

Chidi thrives when he is given clarity on the goal and the empowerment and freedom to reach it himself. He is on a journey of exploration to find new ways “to do the job that might not be yet discovered”. 

More Great Insights! 

Chidi’s book is a guide to settling into Canadian life for everyone, not just immigrants. He encourages leaders to translate their skills, passion and experience to lead their communities.

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