PRWeek on the lookout for true industry leaders

In any conversation PRWeek has with the industry's senior professionals, the question of leadership inevitably comes up.

In any conversation PRWeek has with the industry's senior professionals, the question of leadership inevitably comes up.

Many are of the opinion that the PR industry has no clear leadership. But it's important to remember that leadership can exist in many companies at many levels.

Certain individuals do inspire admiration from all ranks of the industry, from agency CEOs to not-yet-graduated interns, for their thought leadership and the way that they have grown their organizations while adhering to strict ethical and business standards.

But leadership in any industry does not always come from obvious places. Institutionally, it may not come from a global PR agency CEO, or from a global corporate communications VP at a Fortune 500 company. And geographically, it may not come from the US, even though the agency culture, in particular, has been dominated by this market historically.

PRWeek has endeavored to be part of the debate, too. Our senior industry judges pick individuals and teams, both corporate and agency, for the PRWeek Awards; and the editorial staff votes for the annual Editors' Choice feature. Now, we are bringing a third element into the mix, and inviting PR pros, at all levels and in all settings, to nominate those doing an inspirational job of guiding the way.

The leaders nominated for PRWeek's "Industry Leadership" feature may either influence the entire industry or a smaller pocket of it. The nominations will be perused by PRWeek's editorial staff, and profiles of the winners will be written up in the May 1 issue.

To nominate yourself, a colleague, or even someone you don't know but look up to, please e-mail features@prweek.com, with "leadership nomination" in the subject line. Include a brief description of the person nominated, and why. No such poll is definitive, but by doing this, we hope to shine a spotlight on some of the industry's true visionaries. The deadline is Monday, April 3.

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