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Leaders aren’t leaders because of a title or a position, but because of a burning desire to create a better future. They fully understand that creating a better future encounters steep resistance, so they uncover enormous intrinsic strength which enables them to keep going for as long as it takes, despite the most formidable of challenges. We call this strength Personal Leadership Energy, and it is a combination of two things: a set of deeply held values, and a clear sense of purpose. Once individuals discover their own energy, they are able to harness the Collective Leadership Energy of their organisation or ecosystem by proactively shaping a vision and strategy, then creating working conditions for flawless execution.

Every day, ordinary people across the world are challenging the status quo, overcoming adversity and disabilities with remarkable fortitude, and bringing their ideas for change to life. We believe they deserve their spot in the limelight and must be recognised.

The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards, or ILEA, were created to do just that.

Recognising the Leadership Energy Champions of Today

The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards are not just another vehicle to recognise business achievement, but pay tribute to those in Asia who use their personal leadership energy to make a positive, sustainable impact in their organisations or communities. These Leadership Energy Champions are selected based on a broad range of criteria that considers personal conviction, measurable results, commercial or social impact, and sustainability. Winners are selected in three categories:

Corporate Employee
(Individual / Team)
Corporate employee means individual or teams under the employment of either the government, public listed company or private entity.
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Business Owner / Founder
Business owner/founder means owner/founder of business entities in an attempt to profit from the successful operations of the company or owner of an entrepreneurial venture. Typically start-ups of newly emerged, fast-growing businesses, generally involved in the design and implementation of the innovative processes of the development, validation and research for target markets.
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Social Enterprise Owner / Founder
Social Enterprise owner/founder means owner/founder of organisations that apply commercial strategies to improve human and environmental well-being. This may include maximising social impact alongside profits for external shareholders. Their social mission is as core to their success as any potential profit.
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Each Leadership Energy Champion, the most outstanding individual in each category, receives a cash award of US$15,000. The winners will be announced at the Leadership Energy Summit Asia on 8th & 9th November 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. Find out more here.

Becoming a Leadership Energy Champion: What It Takes

Every individual nominated for a Leadership Energy award is a winner in their own right, but recognising the best candidate requires careful consideration based on the following criteria:


Leadership Energy Champions must have an authentic purpose to create a better future, driven by a set of deeply held values. This in turn should have led to an innovative idea, disruptive practice or strategy that has positively impacted lives in an organisation or community.


Leadership Energy Champions must have overcome significant professional or personal obstacles in pursuing their goals. They should have shown remarkable resilience and perseverance in the face of formidable adversities, resistance and rejection.


Leadership Energy Champions don’t just have a vision of transformation, they also translate it into clearly measurable financial, organisational or social results. Whether it’s in the public or private sector company, a start-up, social or commercial enterprise, these champions should have created responsible growth with positive economic, social or environmental outcomes.

If you know someone you think could be a Leadership Energy Champion, get them recognised now!

Nominate Your Leadership Energy Champion

We all know someone who is out there every day, making a difference. Someone who demonstrates the power of Leadership Energy, and what it can do when wielded with passion. Now it’s time to get these incredible people the attention they deserve – all you need to do is share their stories with us, and we’ll do the rest.

Nominations end on 31 July 2017, so get started now!

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Iclif Leadership Energy Awards – 2016 Winners

Looking for inspiration? Here are stories from the winners of last year’s Iclif Leadership Energy Awards.


Corporate Employee Winner

If there’s one thing that Mohammad Rizan Hassan believes in, it’s second chances. After all, he was given the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, away from his shady past, and this he did with gusto. While he may have left that life far behind, it is the lessons he learned in those dark years that allowed him to recognise the disparity faced by marginalised youths in Malaysia. The same disparities he has sought to address through his initiatives; 1 Belia, 1 Kemahiran (1B1K) and TEKAT Automotive Centre. His inspirational leadership and advocacy for at-risk and troubled youth has helped over 5,000 vulnerable Malaysian youths graduate with vocational skills and become useful members of the country’s workforce and society in general.

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View his journey here.


Business Owner/Founder Winner

Srikanth Bolla is proof that you can be blind, yet have a razor-sharp vision. Srikanth is the first ever international blind student to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after being rejected by the Indian Institute of Technology. In 2010, he launched a computer research and training centre with a digital library for visually challenged students at Samanvai, an India-based non-profit organisation that provides support to children with multiple disabilities. He then went on to found Bollant Industries, an eco-friendly paper and biodegradable products manufacturing company that has helped provide employment opportunities to over 400 differently-abled individuals.

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View his journey here.


Social Enterprise Owner/Founder Winner

Once the object of ridicule, Arunachalam Muruganantham, or the Menstrual Man, as he was called in the award-wining documentary by Amit Virmani, is today hailed as a hero by the women of India. He is the creator of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine – which makes pads for 1/3 of the cost of commercial pads – and has helped generate widespread awareness on traditionally unhygienic menstruation practices in India. Despite offers by big corporations to commercialise his invention, he has refused and instead continues to offer them to self-help groups run by women. In 2014, this remarkable man, once ostracised for his ‘experiments’, was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people.

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View his journey here.

Nominations Close

31 July 2017

Have questions? Read our FAQ.

  • The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards and Leadership Energy Summit Asia – what’s the connection?

    The regional Iclif Leadership Energy Awards celebrate an unconventional new way of thinking about leadership. The awards draw together thought-leaders in the dynamic field of leadership energy, to celebrate leaders who live the principles of conviction, courage, and momentum.

    The Leadership Energy Summit Asia is Asia’s premier conference on leadership energy. Now in its fifth year, the Summit deals exclusively with the art and science behind leadership energy, using neuroscience, spiritual philosophy, psychology and management theory. An inspiring panel of speakers from business, media, philanthropy and science share their stories of triumph over adversity, and discuss what fuels their passion for positive change.

  • Who is eligible for these awards?

    We seek nominations in one of the following categories:

    – Corporate employee (individual/team)
    – Business owner/founder
    – Social enterprise owner/founder

    Individuals whose leadership has had a positive and transformative impact on their organisation, demonstrated through business or financial results. Leaders must be able to demonstrate their commitment to creating a better future through sustainable, values-driven ‘leadership energy’, as outlined in the award criteria.

  • Who can nominate?

    Nominations from colleagues, managers, human resource directors/personnel, friends or other individuals well acquainted with the nominated party, and who can attest to their qualifications.

  • How are nominations submitted?

    Nominations must be received by 11.59pm Malaysian time, on 31 July 2017. Nominations must be submitted electronically at

  • Can a nominator submit more than one nominee?

    Yes. Each nominee is evaluated and selected separately.

  • Can a nominee have more than one nominator?

    Yes. Iclif accepts multiple nominations for the same nominee. However, it does not impact on the judging process.

  • Do nominators need to submit references for the nominee?

    Upon shortlisting, the nominator will be contacted to provide referee details to Iclif in order to obtain further information and validation.

  • How are the award winners selected?

    The award winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.

  • Will the nominee be updated on the status of the nomination?

    Shortlisted candidates and finalists will be notified.

  • When will the announcement of award recipients take place?

    The announcement of the winners will be made during the LESA 2017 event on 9 November.