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The IPAC/IBM Social Leadership Award 

About the Award

The IPAC/IBM Social Leadership Award recognizes Public Sector Employees who embody the qualities of a true social leader. These include leading by example, embracing technology and adapting to changes in the workplace.

Social leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.

Social leaders are excellent communicators, engaged and passionate about their work. They inspire this passion in others. Social leaders lead by example. They are technologically astute, conscientious of personal boundaries. They believe in sharing, in collective intelligence. They give real-time recognition and feedback to colleagues and easily adapt to constant change and diversity in the workforce.

The IPAC/IBM Social Leadership Award recognizes Public Sector Employees who embody the qualities of a true social leader. These include:

  • embracing change and integrating technological tools like social media into everyday practice
  • dedication and love for the public service evident in their actions 
  • showcasing a level of emotional intelligence making them inspirational social leaders.

Key Dates

Submission Deadline  June 22, 2018
 Online Voting  July 2nd - July 20th, 2018
 Winners Notified  July 2018
 Winners Announced  IPAC’s 70th Annual Conference, August 20-22nd, 2018, Quebec City

Conditions and Nomination Procedure of the Award

  1. Meaningful communication: Effective communication in today’s noisy world is critical. Social leaders must seek out ways to take advantage of all forms of communication in order to amplify their message and must ensure that the information provided and feedback given is relevant, timely, constructive and accurate.
  2. High-level of emotional intelligence (EQ): Self-awareness is a fundamental ingredient when trying to build respectful relationships and facilitates good leadership. It allows for real connections to happen and trust to be built between leaders and their teams. Leaders who demonstrate high levels of EQ are vulnerable, open and transparent, and more in tune with people’s emotions and personal boundaries.
  3. Authentic leadership: This style of leadership is not authoritative in nature because it’s focused on tapping into the whole team’s expertise. The authentic leader understands each team member’s strengths and weaknesses and empowers them to take the lead on files.
  4. Ongoing recognition: Providing real-time recognition adapted to the needs of the person being recognized helps build trust and strengthens relationships. It also fosters a sense of pride and commitment to organizational goals.
  5. Real visibility: Visibility is another critical element of social leadership. Visibility can be both virtual and physical. The leader needs to be seen in order to be able to inspire. Social branding allows leaders to build their social media profile to showcase themselves as experts in a particular area and amplify their message through visibility. This helps them build credibility and take on exciting leadership roles in their areas of expertise and passion.


Selection Process 

In June, a selection committee will select a shortlist of three candidates. The final selection of the award recipient will be undertaken through e-voting.


Click here  to complete our online nomination form.


The inaugural award in 2016 went to Mr. Andrew Treusch, Former Commissioner of the CRA and IPAC President.