After a few years doing anything, ‘where you come from’ or ‘where you grew up’ should not really matter. However, studying the birthplaces of Australian CEOs reveals some interesting outcomes, and lessons to be learned, even it is one more thing we cannot change about ourselves. Patrick Durkin wrote a fascinating article for the AFR this month considering this, and highlighting the high proportion of Australian CEOs born and raised far away from the offices they would run as captains of industry.
Being born in the big city myself in never occurred to me that being raised in a small country town would have advantages in the business world. However, it should have been obvious, given a key attribute all good leaders have is resilience and business people raised in regional areas have generally seen tough times. Experience working through these times, as well as challenging themselves as young people in the ‘big smoke’, making adjustments and continuing on make for stronger leaders.
No wonder that 21 of the top 100 Australian CEOs were born in regional Australia. It is a very impressive list of CEOs with this background including Woolworths’ Grant O’Brien from Burnie, BlueScope Steel’s Paul O’Malley born in Dubbo and Fortescue Metal’s Neville Power from Mount Isa.
The full article can be found here.
AFR - Patrick Durkin - Country kids are born CEOs