Former QLD premier Peter Beattie is getting down to the nitty gritty of organising the April 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast – it’s what he’s learnt in a lifetime of leadership roles.
As chairman of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, he’s well aware of the responsibility of organising the biggest event in Queensland’s history and Australia’s biggest event in a decade.
A year out from the Commonwealth Games, Beattie will share his leadership wisdom as a CCI Lighthouse Leadership presenter on 21 April 2017.
Beattie says he’s enjoying the task of leading the team behind the 2018 Games.
“It’s our job to make sure they are delivered on time and on budget,” Beattie says.
“The task covers everything from ensuring we get the best athletes through to organising the relay batons, to ensuring the venues are finished on time, ticket sales and charges.
He says one of the challenges will be transport with 1.5 million spectators expected to attend the event.
As Queensland Premier from 1998–2007, Beattie says he’s well equipped to lead the Commonwealth Games charge.
“It’s basically a combination of experience and organising things but also bringing the team with you, building a team of people, getting those sorts of commitments from people to deliver what needs to be done, getting the best out of people,” he says.
“Leadership is obviously a combination of things. It’s about ensuring people are empowered to do what they’re asked to do, but also work in a team to make sure that’s achieved.
“Basically you know when to put forward what’s required and that’s the objectives you need to achieve but you do it in a rational and sensible way,” he says.
“You also know the boundaries and who can deliver what needs to be done. Some of that requires subtlety, some of that requires directness, but in the end it means being well informed but also being strategic in what you need to do.”
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