Annual Awards

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Leadership Detroit Awards recognize Leadership Detroit alumni that act on and support the mission of Leadership Detroit through one of the five practices of exemplary leadership.

View previous award winners here.

Awards

The annual Leadership Detroit Awards will recognize three exceptional leaders in the following three categories:

  1. Inspirational Leadership Award
  2. Moving the Needle Award
  3. Lifelong Leadership Award

Criteria

Inspirational Leadership Award – This award recognizes an alumni that has been especially innovative or influential in their effort to improve the quality of life in the region. Candidates for this award are working to change the narrative about Detroit and the region while working in a variety of industries. These alum call others to share in their vision and inspire them to engage in the work.

Moving The Needle Award – This award recognizes an alumni who “works against the grain” or “challenges the status quo” in the practice of transformational leadership.  Candidates for this award are recognized for addressing especially difficult issues with integrity and humility.

Lifelong Leadership Award – This award will be open to any individual in the Detroit region (Leadership Detroit alumni or not) that has been active in the community over an extended period of time and has been effective their professional career with their commitment to the well-being of the region. Candidates for this award are recognized for their steadfast commitment and often quiet influence not seen by the public.

EligibilityInspirational Leadership Award – All Leadership Detroit alumni are eligible for this award.

Moving The Needle Award – All Leadership Detroit alumni are eligible for this award.

Lifelong Leadership Award – This award is open to any individual in the Detroit region that meets the awards criteria and is not exclusive to graduates of the Leadership Detroit program.

Five practices of inspirational leadership:

Model the Way
These leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.

Inspire a Shared Vision
These leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.

Challenge the Process
These leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.

Enable Others to Act
These leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.

Encourage the Heart
Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.

Award Presentation

The award finalists will be recognized at Leadership Detroit Class Commencement every year in June.

Judging Process

Nominees will be evaluated according to the criteria set out in the nomination form by a committee of Leadership Detroit alumni. The committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining the awards criteria. Final award decisions will be made in consultation with the program leadership.

View previous award winners here.

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