Nomination process

The Tällberg Foundation seeks to identify and honor people who are acting—and leading—in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same.

About the Tällberg Global Leaders

The Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders are women and men who demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of the 21st century: innovative, imaginative, flexible, systems-based, risk-taking and, above all, ethical. By honoring them, the Foundation not only seeks to nurture and extend their accomplishments, but also to encourage others to follow their examples.

Tällberg Global Leaders are nominated through an open, online process. Anyone from any country from any discipline is eligible: politicians, statesmen, scientists, educators, social entrepreneurs, educators, environmentalists, artists, religious and military figures, and others—literally anyone who meets the broad (and deliberately vague) criteria suggested above. An international jury reviews the nominations and selects the people who, in their judgment, best exemplify the types of leaders needed today.

A key part of the intention in creating the Tällberg Global Leaders was to build a self reinforcing network of leaders who are working—in diverse fields, organizations, countries and cultures—to produce positive social change. As different as they are, these leaders share common ideas, dreams and challenges. 
The idea is that, together with Tällberg board and leadership jury members, they can help each other achieve goals and overcome obstacles. In the future, we hope also to create opportunities for network participants to share leadership experiences with younger and emerging leaders.

The Tällberg Global Leaders are also eligible for the annual Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes of the Tällberg Foundation, which carry a prize amount of $50,000.

Why does the Foundation support the Global Leaders and the Eliasson Global leadership Prize of the Tällberg Foundation processes?

We believe that many societies – and, indeed, the global system itself – are at or approaching inflection points. Institutions, paradigms, and societal norms are under enormous pressure to change, but old habits die hard even if they no longer are adequate to deal with new realities. That puts, or should put, enormous value on courageous leaders and leadership, and the Tällberg Foundation aspires to identify, reward and thereby promote leadership behaviors that have the potential to produce positive change in the face of significant resistance.

We want to identify and honor people who are acting and leading in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same, across national, cultural, or ideological borders.

Nomination process

The nomination process opens at the beginning of April and is open to anyone who wishes to nominate by completing the brief nomination form by the end of May. We will announce the exact dates in advance of opening the nominations and make the form easily accessible on our website. The nominations then reviewed during the months of June and July in preparation for the international jury members to meet and deliberate in mid-August. Those selected to be Global Leaders will be notified and interviewed in early September and the announcements are made in early October. The Global Leaders workshop and ceremony takes place in November.

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General information

Watch our YouTube video introducing the Global Leaders

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