m The process after nomination
l What happens after your nomination is received
If your nomination is successful, you will receive an Profile Form (by email or fax) where more information is required.
The Rules of the Award will also be on that Profile Form.
l The Selection Process
The process has two phases:
Phase A: Information on the Boss of the Year candidate is gathered from the Nominators.
The information is obtained from:
1. The Nomination Form, as well as the
2. Profile Form
(From these the selection committee elects 15 semi-finalists).
3. A Supplementary Questinonaire
(From the Questionnaire filled in by the nominator of the candidate who has reached the semifinals, the selection committee elects the six finalists)
Phase B: Information is gathered from the candidates - i.e the nominees, themselves
The six nominees, who get to the finals, then they go through a 3-step process, which includes:
1. A taped phone interview
2. Meeting a panel of judges for an hour's interview
3. Delivering a 3-minutes impromptu speech in the evening of the panel interview
(From this process, the titlebearer emerges)
NB: It is an important characteristic of this Award, that we do not refer to a "winner", but rather a "titlebearer" - as (s)he becomes the ultimate spokesperson. We are of the view that all 6 finalists are winners in having come this far.
The titlebearer is announced at a gala lunch on National Bosses Day.
l What are the Boss of the Year® leadership yardsticks?
The study of leadership throughout history is marked by a focus on great men and women. From these men and women we derive benchmarks for leadership styles and attributes.
Some of the benchmarks have stood the test of time. Even though today the quest is for a more holistic approach to workplace leadership than was the case in the past (one that encompasses the organisations search for improvement and the need to lead across corporate, process and human dimensions) we have seen that alongside new approaches and behaviours required, some of the essential character attributes of good leaders remain the same.
We all know that the issue of leadership, in particular the quality of workplace leadership, is one that receives much attention from scholars as they study, analyse, and postulate on what constitutes good leadership.
1. Is it an art, or is it a science? They ask and debate.
2. Is one born a leader, or can one learn and grow into a leader? This is yet another perennial question.
3. What are the characteristics of a good leader?
4. How much of it is skill, and
5. How much is attributed to innate attributes of personality and character?
6. What makes people think their boss is a good boss? A good leader?
All these questions are important – and the Boss of the Year® Award has been, and will remain, an exercise in trying to get the answers, not theoretically, but empirically by finding those incumbents who demonstrate the attributes and the skills that South Africans at work deem to be worthy of recognition.
An overview of what the entries have shown over the past 21 years reveals that leadership success can be explained by a mixture of characteristics:
Inspire Trust - The attributes: character e.g. courage, humility, perseverance
Inspire Confidence - The competencies: observable abilities e.g. Interpersonal relations communication abilities
Inspire Commitment - The skills: Performance drivers, strategy, talent-retention, people development processes
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Leadership words of wisdom
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.