Positive Leadership Awards 2023

Positive Leadership Award 2022 is presented to

Anne-Wil Harzing

who has been selected from 11 688 nominations submitted from 22 countries across six continents and recognized as a positive leadership champion, helping people, teams and organizations thrive

Winner’s Best Practice

Positive leadership is not about flashy strategic initiatives. These are often more about words than about action. It Is about being consistently respectful, considerate, and caring towards others, and unlocking people’s potential to make a difference. My leadership was shaped by my early life experiences of not feeling included. Small things I do that can be applied everywhere are writing LinkedIn recommendations for colleagues, sending someone doing a great job a heartfelt email (with a cc to their line manager), making time for informal conversations, encouraging colleagues to share their successes and failures by creating inclusive cultures, and leveraging any event that I organise by making its resources available to everyone.

Quick Facts


Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead at Middlesex University and ranked as one of the top-40 academics worldwide in her field. In addition to her substantive research in International Business and the quality and impact of research, she plays a leading role in providing academics worldwide with the tools to succeed in their careers. Her work has a special emphasis on supporting early career academics and female academics through the CYGNA women’s network, her blog on all things academia (see e.g. positive academia, academia behind the scenes, publish or perish tips, academic etiquette), YouTube channel and her book series Crafting your career in academia.

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