Leadership Awards 2022

Based on the consultations we had with our members and previous finalists, it was felt that the current leadership awards often missed people who deserve to be recognised for their work within the organisation. It was important to this process that we recognise the difference between good leaders, good volunteers, and good administrators. While all are deserving of recognition and praise, the purpose of these awards is to recognise and reward the leaders in the organisation. Following on from the implementation of these awards, we will look at creating and consolidating our development programme.

Step 1: Application/Nomination

Candidates may apply for a leadership award themselves, or they can be nominated by another member.
The application form will list six attributes that, through our consultations, we consider to be important for leaders within the organisation to have.
  • Mentorship
  • Encouragement
  • Positive attitude
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Decisiveness

The applicant/nominator will have to give examples of times they demonstrated three of these attributes within the Macra community. The form will include the option to submit your answers as a voice recording in the interest of accessibility. This form will be worth 30% of the overall mark for the competition. Unsuccessful candidates will receive a feedback sheet outlining areas for improvement.

Step 2: Verification

The TDOs will verify the application forms to ensure that their content is truthful. They will be marked according to a pre-determined marking scheme. Once they have been marked, the TDOs will hold an alignment meeting to ensure impartiality. Anyone who has enough points based on the marking scheme will be put forward for an interview.

Step 3: Interview

The current President and one TDO will conduct individual interviews with the candidates over an online Zoom call. The interview will be worth 20% of the overall mark. The interview will be an opportunity for the candidate to elaborate on the information in the application form. Each candidate will be asked the same questions and the interview will be marked according to a marking scheme. Ten finalists will progress from here, and again unsuccessful candidates will receive a feedback sheet.

Step 4: Problem Solving Session

The ten finalists will take part in a problem-solving session. In these sessions, they will have to showcase their leadership and teamwork skills. This session will take place on the same day as the National Training Day, which is set for this year on October 1st in the West County Hotel in Ennis. This will be worth 40% of the overall mark. Again, it will be marked with a pre-determined marking scheme.

Step 5: Chat with the Judges

The final part of the competition is a short chat with the judges which will take place after the problem-solving session. This chat is to help facilitate the candidates to discuss any aspects of the problem-solving session that they feel will help further highlight their leadership and teamwork skills. The chat will also allow the judges to clarify aspects of the candidate’s participation in the problem-solving session earlier during the day.

Step 6: Announcing the Winners

All ten finalists will receive a President’s medal, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded. The winners will be announced at a banquet on the evening of our national leadership training day on October 1st, 2022, in the West County Hotel Ennis.


  • Cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The amounts are €1,500, €1,000, and €500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
  • A hotel voucher for the top three.
  • Top three represent Macra at the European Rally.
  • Top three will be asked to address the National Rally and to speak at NTD the following year.
  • Offer of mentoring sessions, CPD/Workshop for the ten finalists.
  • Goody bag of local products for all ten finalists.
  • Leadership CPD/Workshop offered to all unsuccessful applicants to improve their skills with a view to becoming a better leader and entering again the following year.
  • Anyone who gets to the interview stage will be entered into a draw for a European city break for two.
  • Final ten may be asked to do media on behalf of the organisation, based on the needs of the organisation as they arise.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Fri Aug 26th at 9pm

All ten finalists will have their one night accommodation on Sat Oct 1st in the West County Hotel Ennis provided for.

Links to the Nomination Forms

Leader of the Year

Online - Digital Nomination Form - Access here >>
Online - Audio Nomination Form - Access here >>

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