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Winners of 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards are announced at the Brisbane Gala Event

Announcement posted by LeadershipHQ 01 Nov 2020

Championing and shining a light on kind, courageous and outstanding leaders and businesses during our toughest year.

Winners of 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards are announced at the Brisbane Gala Event with over 200 at the event and 200 live-streaming across the Globe.


Championing and shining a light on kind, courageous and outstanding leaders and businesses during our toughest year.


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 on 16th October in Brisbane and it was an extraordinary success.


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.


The Gala Awards Event was held on 16th October at Victoria Park with over 200 people attending the event and over 200 live-streaming. With finalists such has the team at Orange Sky Laundry, Catherine Clark CEO of Netball Queensland, Students from Johnathan Thurston Academy, Dr Dan Wilson from Regional Victoria plus many more examples of great leadership.


We are being shown that courageous, kind and inclusive leadership is seeing Australians and New Zealanders show resilience and come together to move through disaster.

The winners of our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards who espouse extraordinary kindness and courage are –


            Courageous Leader Joe McCord GM of Digital8

            Women in Leadership Wendy Leegel CEO of Leegal Consulting Group

            SME Business Leader Giovanna Lever MD of Sparrowly Group

            CEO of the Year Cecily McGuckin MD of Queensland Sheet and Steel

            Future Leaders Bethany Mitchell of DHL Express and Dr Dan Wilson MD

            Community Leader Mohit Tolani of Dapto Dentists

            Student Leader Katura Halleday Director 8X8 Educate

            Men in Leadership Steve Davies Western Operations Manager, Airservices Australia

            Courageous Team Key Assets (Australia)

            Start-up Leader Kane Sajdak CEO of Home Guardian

            Outstanding Leader of the Year - Dr Dan Wilson MD

It is timely that LeadershipHQ will be launching the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards now live with CQU coming on board again as our Gold Sponsor and Specialists in Communication and Kay By Design coming on board as silver sponsors with more partners being announced soon and new categories such as –

            CEO — Large Corporation

            CEO — Medium Corporation

            Courageous Team— Corporate

            Courageous Team— Community

            Courageous Team— Public Sector

            Courageous Leader of the Year

            Team Leader of the Year

            Indigenous Leader

            Future Leader

            Public Sector Leader

            Community Leader

            SME Business Leader

            Start Up Leader

            Student Leader

            Women in Construction

            Women in Stem

            Outstanding Leader 2021

Partners and sponsors have loved being part of an awards platform and movement where their brand and organisation have received incredible exposure and marketing as being a kind, courageous and inclusive business and organisation. 


Winners were announced at the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards ceremony on 16th October and Awards nominations for 2021 are now live, LeadershipHQ Managing Director Sonia McDonald said LeadershipHQ are on a mission to build a world of kind and courageous leaders.


“Now, more than ever, the world needs great leaders to help us weather the storms that we are facing,” Sonia said.

“At its core, leadership is about courage, impact, action and kindness. At LeadershipHQ we want to help aspiring and current leaders see what great leadership is about and to lead with courage, and we want to shine a light on leaders who are making an impact at this time. We want to show the positive and inspiring side of leadership when we see so much negativity around leadership.”

“Our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners were announced on 16th October at Victoria Park with over 200 finalists and people attending. We were thrilled to also be able to live stream to over 200 people, across the globe who tuned in to see and hear more about the courageous leadership we are seeing in Australia and New Zealand.”

A list of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards winners are available on the Leadership HQ website.

Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards are now live.

LeadershipHQ was born out of a passion to work with people and build great leadership. Sonia McDonald combined a love of writing and inspiring with experience from a HR background to build a name and career in a global context. She believes leadership is an attitude and mindset and we can all be leaders.

Sonia’s passion for leadership means she works with leaders to support them, their organisations, industries and communities to gain the knowledge and awareness they need to build kind, courageous and inclusive leadership.

View the new Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and the Awards: https://www.leadershiphq.com.au or https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/


For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald or one of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards winners, contact:

Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts

 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665






Media Contacts

Sonia McDonald

Journalist, businessinsider.com.au


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