As part of our monthly segment, Our Community Leaders - Great Australian Leaders in Focus
which features the thoughts of some of Australia's great leaders,
this month we feature a community leader who is known to many organisations
and schools around Australia who these days take part in the annual
Clean Up Australia Day. It is of course the founder and chairman of
Clean Up Australia Day, Mr Ian Kiernan AO.
Ian Kiernan AO
Ian Bruce Kiernan was born near the shores of Sydney Harbour, Australia,
in 1940 and went onto become a builder and passionate yachtsman who sailed
competitively for more than 40 years, representing Australia at the Admiral's,
Southern Cross, Dunhill, Clipper, Kenwood and Trans Pacific Cup competitions.
Appalled by the amount of rubbish choking the world's oceans he and
a committee of friends st up the first Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day on Sunday
8 January 1989 - an event that resulted in 40,000 volunteers turning out
to help out and sparked national interest to expand the event. More than
seven million people have now taken part in the annual "Clean Up" events
which have since gone international and now see more than 40 million people
in 120 countries taking part. .
Ian is chairman of Clean Up Australia Day and also chairs the CRC
for Waste Management and Pollution Control Limited plus the Enviro-Finance
Association of Australia, is Deputy Chair of the NSW Government's Expert
Water Advisory Panel, is a Director of CVC Reef Limited and is a member
of the Barton Grou and patron of Sailors with Disabilities and of the Lord
Howe Island Public School, 600km North-West of Sydney.
We started by asking Ian who he considered
to be the three greatest leaders of our time? And why?
Martin Luther King - Human Rights
Nelson Mandela - Human Rights
Winston Churchill - WWI and WWII Leadership and Peace
Our Community: What are the three attributes
you would consider to be essential to a leader? And why?
Lead from the front - Australian's generally don't like being told
what to do, but given leadership they amaze you.
Communicate at all levels - do good things and tell the community
Be a team player - this way you belong to those you lead
Our Community: What are the greatest barriers
to new leaders emerging in Australia?
Low quality of politicians
Lack of reward for a demanding career
Impact on family
Our Community: What advice would you give
to a potential leader to take them to the next stage?
Set high goals
Mark your selected milestones as you achieve them
Be a person of the people
Our Community: Nature/nurture - are leaders
born or bred?
Ian Kiernan: Both
Our Community: What do you consider to
be the three top leadership issues facing the nation?
Land and water management
Global Warming, Security
Our Community: What insights have you gained
personally on your leadership journey?
Incentive and disincentive are great tools
That politicians generally lack long term vision
That businesses need to partner the not for profit sector with mutual
Our Community: Who have been your own leadership
mentors and how did they assist in developing your own leadership style?
(Former Prime Ministers) Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as leaders with
vision They took the big picture and were realists
Fred Hollows - an ordinary man who did extraordinary things.