Open for entries NOW

Inspiring Leaders 2021 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.

View the 2020 winners now

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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

Mentor future leaders

through our Foundation


on one of our Podcasts

How to enter?

It is a simple entry process. For everything you need to know about how to enter,  simply download our entry pack by completing the form to the right.

The entry pack will be sent directly to your inbox.


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

July 1, 2021

Entry Deadline

October 08, 2021

Announce winners

November 2021

Free to enter

for Manager and Unsung

C-Suite $135 + taxes

10% of each entry goes to IW foundation

What makes an Inspiring Leader? Plus 2020 winners announced

Watch the video to see the 2020 Inspiring Leaders plus excerpts from the winning entries.

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.