Are responsible leaders powerful, or empowering?

Queensland Business Monthly and Griffith Business School partnered to find the responsible leaders of the future. Offering a total prize package up to $130,000, we encouraged the next generation of business leaders to enter.

2019 Competition details coming soon

Win a full MBA scholarship

Competition overview and process

Entries for the 2018 competition opened on in July 2018 and closed in September 2018. Please see the stages of the competition below.

Stage one

Competition opens

9.00 am, Friday 27 July 2018

Competition registration closes

11.59 pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018

Applicants progressing to stage two notified

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Stage two

Master Class

6.00 pm, Tuesday 18 September 2018

Reflective essays due

11.59 pm, Tuesday 25 September 2018

Applicants progressing to stage three notified

Monday 1 October 2018

Stage three

Final pitch video due

11.59 pm, Monday 8 October 2018

Winner announced

QBM announced the winner and runner up in the October 2018 edition of QBM.

The winner, runner up and finalists were also celebrated at the Griffith Business School Gala Dinner on Friday 2 November 2018.

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Prize package*

First prize

  • A Griffith MBA full scholarship, valued at approximately $51,750, commencing in October 2018 or February 2019
  • Title of ‘Winner QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship’
  • Publication of an article about the winner in QBM and/or associated press
  • Two tickets to the Griffith Business School Gala Dinner on Friday 2 November 2018

Runner-up prize

  • A Griffith MBA half scholarship, valued at approximately $25,875, commencing in October 2018 or February 2019
  • Title of ‘Runner-up QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship’
  • Two tickets to the Griffith Business School Gala Dinner on Friday 2 November 2018

Finalists (four)

  • A scholarship to the value of three Griffith MBA courses, worth approximately $12,937
  • Two tickets to the Griffith Business School Gala Dinner on Friday 2 November 2018

Competition eligibility criteria

To be eligible to enter the competition, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

Entrants must provide the following documents with their initial entry during Stage one of the competition:

  • a 250 word (maximum) personal statement outlining past and/or current practices that demonstrate responsible leadership, and/or your future plans to become a responsible leader
  • a current CV that demonstrates fulfilment of the MBA Admission requirements
  • copies of Official Academic Transcripts for completed qualifications
Terms and conditions apply.

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Judging panel

David Grant

Professor David Grant joined Griffith University as Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) in January 2016. He is an internationally distinguished scholar with extensive leadership experience. Previous to his appointment at Griffith he was Senior Deputy Dean at UNSW Australia Business School. David is regarded a pre-eminent scholar in the field of Organisational Studies with particular expertise in leadership development and organisational change. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008, and has held honorary and visiting positions at the King’s College, London, The University of Auckland Business School, UTS, UC Santa Barbara, The University of Melbourne and McGill University.

Louise Brannelly

Louise Brannelly has been editor of The Courier-Mail's business section for more than a decade. She also edits the paper's Queensland Business Monthly magazine which showcases the best business journalism in the state. Louise has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in journalism. She is an experienced reporter who has covered the banking, resources, retail, agriculture and small business sectors. She began her career at the weekly newspaper Business Queensland. Prior to joining The Courier-Mail, Louise was a finance reporter for Australian Associated Press.

Christopher Fleming

Christopher Fleming is a Professor and MBA Director at Griffith Business School, a founding member of the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, a member of Griffith University’s Cities Research Centre, and a Senior Associate of MainStream Economics and Policy. An applied micro-economist with teaching, consulting and public policy experience, Christopher’s research and consulting interests include social and economic project/program evaluation, natural resource and environmental economics, and the economic determinants of subjective wellbeing. Prior to joining Griffith Business School, Christopher worked as a senior consultant for Marsden Jacob Associates and as a senior advisor for the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.

Stephanie Oates

Stephanie has nearly 2 decades of professional expertise dealing with managing and leading people through her various career roles as an educator, business analyst, sustainability and project manager, management consultant, and now current director of Broad Aperture based in Brisbane. With 5 degrees under her belt, Stephanie has a passion for translating strategy to benefit industries and communities. As an MBA student, she spearheaded a charity project – Kinder Bleep – aimed at developing the musical interests of long-term patients at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. A highly experienced cultural change agent, Stephanie started her first consultancy in 2011. She continues to follow her passion for leading change and disrupting industries on a global scale with a new initiative in promoting the role of women in the red meat industry.

Scholarship partners

Griffith Univeristy Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International and an active partner of, and first Australian business school admitted to, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. The Griffith MBA is a highly regarded program, ranking fourth nationally in the Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine MBA rankings, and receiving a 5-Star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia's 2017 MBA Star Rating. The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings for 2016 place the Griffith MBA in Australia's top five.

Queensland Business Monthly

The Courier-Mail’s Queensland Business Monthly is Queensland’s premier business publication. The 24-page magazine is dedicated to covering all aspects of the Queensland economy, and provides in-depth coverage and fascinating stories on successful businesses and business people in Queensland. QBM delivers trusted content, engaging readers with key topics such as how businesses and industries adapt to digital disruption, the movers and shakers in the Queensland business community, the future innovations in agribusiness and mining to emerging start-ups and the growth of small and medium sized business in Queensland. From securing exclusive interviews with chief executives and business leaders, to exploring emerging trends and celebrating success and innovation— QBM has all sectors of Queensland business covered.

The Griffith MBA. It's the new kind of MBA

Like all MBAs, the Griffith MBA explores all of the business disciplines you would expect—accounting and reporting, economics, finance, people management, marketing, strategy and innovation. However, what makes our MBA different is that it’s built on core values that are crucial to doing business in the 21st century: responsible leadership, sustainable business practices and an Asia-Pacific perspective. If you are looking to develop your critical thinking skills and identify new solutions that will improve the world around you, then the Griffith MBA is the right fit for you.

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