2020 has brought some of the most challenging socio-economic times people will ever face. And with them a real test of leadership. Inspiring Leaders 2020 is a vehicle to recognize people who have stepped up to help individuals, teams and organizations navigate personal and business challenges, and make a contribution to make their business, their community and the world a better place.

We believe these leaders – who can be at any level in an organisation – from the frontline to the C-suite – possess the characteristics below. We want the award submissions to shine a light on these qualities.

We will publish a list of multiple winners from around the world across the three categories in November.

What defines an Inspiring Leader?

They are humane

They’re kind & grateful
They’re inclusive
They empathise
They’re authentic

They are courageous

They’re resilient & calm
They give people a sense of certainty and control
They make the abnormal seem normal
They’re forward thinking

They communicate

They communicate clearly, consistently and frequently
They’re transparent with facts
The give their people a voice
They listen and act on feedback
They foster collaboration
They lead by example

They unleash potential

They trust their people
They empower their people
They help people learn new skills
They build belief

Why enter?

Inspire others

who need support right now


for you and your organization


raising money to create future leaders

The chance 

to speak at The Inspirathon

Mentor future leaders

through our Foundation


on one of our Podcasts


We recognize that Inspiring Leaders exist throughout the entire organization. Top to bottom. That’s why we have three ways to enter. They are

During times of crisis, people look to their leaders to steer them through it. They draw confidence, calmness and a sense of control from Inspiring Leaders. This category is applicable from CEO down to VP/Director level. $135 + taxes to enter.

It’s the people around you that often set the example. Management is tasked to execute the leadership’s directives and is the lynchpin between the boardroom and frontline. Free to enter.

These are our frontline workers that set the example and inspire by the work they do day-in-day-out and with the attitude they do it. Let’s celebrate these unsung heroes within our organizations. Free to enter.

Key dates & fees

Open for entries

September 03, 2020

Entry Deadline

November 20, 2020

Announce winners

December 2020

The Inspirathon

January 20, 2021

Free to enter

for Manager and Unsung

C-Suite $135 + taxes

10% of each entry goes to IW foundation

We think the world, now more than ever, needs to be inspired with stories of positive change and humanity within the workplace.

This non-stop 24-hour virtual event will begin in Auckland (live streaming globally) at 8am before traversing the globe via Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, London, NYC and ending in San Francisco (3pm local time).

You will hear from 45 Inspiring Leaders, 30 thought leaders, network with thousands of peers, be entertained by at least five musical acts, be able to download all of it on-demand and contribute to our IW Foundation.

Register your interest now

Judges Panel

We are currently in the process of inviting senior industry figures for our independent and impartial panel. We will be announcing this very soon.