Ipswich leading by example
"YOU do not have to be Einstein to work out that strong effective leadership will lead to economic prosperity for your city and region."
Mayor Paul Pisasale is the benchmark when it comes to spruiking how fantastic Ipswich is, not just for business investors but for people of all ages and demographics.
And it has paid dividends in a big way.
A Regional Institute of Australia report into what determines regional prosperity has revealed leadership and entrepreneurship are fundamental factors driving a region's success.
The report, released on Friday, found creative thinking - from local leaders and entrepreneurs especially - about what might happen next is vital in shaping their future.
Regional Institute of Australia chief Su McCluskey said the research showed more broadly that regions were very diverse and one size did not necessarily fit all.
She said local leadership and entrepreneurs were two key factors in helping tap into a region's potential.
"Look at who your natural leaders are. Quite often they are home-grown and they are the people who will step up, they are the people who will have a go," she said.
"They are the people who will lead by example.
"It is important those leaders can actually work together for the region."
Cr Pisasale said the region had a vastly different perception these days compared to less than two decades ago.
He said local entrepreneurs and business leaders, in conjunction with the community, all played a vital role in turning around the region's perception.
"Ipswich was once the problem, but we now are the solution to a lot of other regions' problems," he said.
"People now have pride in our community. Once upon a time our biggest export was our children.
"These days they are returning in droves and are proud to call the region home."
Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer said the region would be nowhere near as successful if not for the strong and effective leaders who called the place home.
"The strong leadership has put Ipswich on the map," she said.
"Without that leadership Ipswich would still be where it was two decades ago.
"Take Springfield, that took great insight, vision and planning which would not have happened if we did not have effective leaders."
- What makes a good leader? Making sure you do not take little problems and make them into a bigger problem.
- What perception would you change about your region? You do not need a packed lunch to get here. Come visit us and you will be pleasantly surprised.
- What do you do to build your region's confidence? Getting out and being involved. Making people in the community part of the solution.
- What makes a good leader? A good listener. A person who listens to everyone, who is a good communicator and a great problem solver.
- What perception would you change about your region? The perception from within. The people on the outside looking in see Ipswich in a glowing light.
- What do you do to build your region's confidence? Positivity builds positivity. Tell the story.
- What makes a good leader? To be those true leaders they have got to have that stamina, that get up and go, that inner confidence, the ability to take risks. These are the sorts of things that when you train those people they just bloom.
- How do we improve regional perception? Keep talking up your region. It is how you talk up your region that really is a key thing.
- How do we improve regional confidence? Leading by example. Really talk about the great things the region does because every region has strengths