It’s time to show the strength of kind and courageous leadership
10th February 2021
Three fierce organisations from across Australia and New Zealand have joined with the Outstanding Leadership Awards to get behind LeadershipHQ’s movement to show that kind courageous leadership is the asset organisations need to thrive in 2021 and beyond.
In its second year, the Outstanding Leadership Awards is gaining international recognition for breaking down stereotypes and showcasing the best leaders of today and tomorrow.
Cecily McGuckin has taken the trophy for CEO of the Year’ at LeadershipHQ’s Outstanding Leadership Awards for 2020. As the first and only female CEO in Australia’s steel industry, Cecily is proud to be doing things differently.
Cecily is passionate about driving change and leading the way in a male-dominated sector and for those in family businesses. She is the CEO of Queensland Steel and Sheet (QSS) and her focus on organisational culture and exceptional customer experience is guiding the business her father started 35 years ago.
With her trademark beaming smile Sonia McDonald stretches out her arms to hug me. “Hey Lovely, how are you?” she asks as I embrace her back. I go on to tell her about my morning juggling three kids on summer holidays and work deadlines. She ushers me over to a meeting room in an office we share in Brisbane’s CBD.
“You’re doing a great job you know,” she says reassuringly with a giggle as I bring her up to speed on the challenges of my hectic week. “Your kids are great, business is growing, and I feel really positive about 2020.” After our brief catch-up, I have renewed energy to plough on or like her mantra goes, “Just rock it”.
Defining herself as a humanitarian and social justice advocate, Katura is using her voice to highlight educational equality on the world stage. Helping her do so are her two biggest life passions – art and the education of young women in developing countries. By combining these two passions, Katura has been able to unite a group of her peers, provide an opportunity for members of her community to enjoy art and help to continue the education of those less fortunate.
Outstanding Leadership Awards championing Kindness and Courage
If there are two things, we have needed in 2020, that is kindness and courage. In a year of uncertainty and devastation, leaders and businesses from all walks of life are facing their toughest test.
LeadershipHQ is one company who has stayed truly courageous this year by hosting the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards. With over 100 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand as well as great partners such as DHL Express and CQU, we have seen the greatest examples of kind and courageous leadership. We also have the renowned former CEO of Kmart Guy Russo as our keynote speaker.
More than 100 finalists and their guests hit the red carpet at Victoria Park Golf Complex for the national Outstanding Leadership Awards that champion leaders across private, government and non-profit sectors who integrate diversity, courage and kindness in their organisations day-to-day culture.
We’re honoured that our efforts in creating a positive impact on people and the planet are recognised throughout Australia and the world. As a social enterprise, it’s our partners and community who make our mission of activating dormant goods for good possible, and we thank each and every person for their contribution.
Leadership HQ Community Leader Award Finalist 2020
We are proud of Sammy Herbert who was nominated as a finalist for the Community Leader Award through Leadership HQ.
Awarded to an incredible community leader who can best demonstrate how their leadership and courage made a significant difference to organisational, community or team success. The winner of this award will be a leader who is able to demonstrate how their authenticity has had a positive impact on others and ha encouraged others to believe in themselves and their ideas.
FOUR CQUNI FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARDS
CQUniversity professional staff members Barbara Miller and Priscilla Stevens-Guiney, student Vivian Hoy, and a team led by Associate Professor Sue Davis have been announced as finalists for the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards.
These awards are about championing leaders across a range of organisations who make diversity, inclusion and kindness part of their day-to-day culture.