GILG chief executive Kurt Heidecker believes the Gladstone region is one where leaders have the opportunity to make a real difference.
GILG chief executive Kurt Heidecker believes the Gladstone region is one where leaders have the opportunity to make a real difference. Tom Huntley

Our town just the right size

GLADSTONE is a "Goldilocks" city, explains Kurt Heidecker. It's not too big and not too small.

The beauty of Gladstone's "just right" size, he says, is that people can really make a difference if they strive to show leadership.

Making a difference to a community an organisation is the motivation for Mr Heidecker as he embarks on one of the country's most prestigious directorship training courses.

He was recently awarded the Central Queensland Regional Scholarship to attend the internationally recognised Company Directors Course and was excited about the chance to develop the skills of his trade.

Mr Heidecker is CEO of Gladstone Industry Leadership Group and was recently appointed deputy chair of the Fitzroy Basin Association. He is also involved in other non-for-profit groups in the Gladstone region.

"You can make a difference (in leadership)," he said. "I'd like to think I can leave a job or a location or an organisation in a better way than I found it."

He believes strong leadership in a director's role needs to be sharply focused on social and environmental outcomes. In that sense, he said Gladstone was a classic case study.

While Gladstone right now might seem like a difficult time and place for directors trying to strike the right balance between social and financial outcomes, Mr Heidecker said that is part and parcel of the job. "I don't think it's ever easy," he said. "You talk to people and they always say 'next year will be better'."

"And the next year it just doesn't happen. It's a constant cycle of change and demand."

 

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The Company Directors Course is run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors to provide directors with skills and an understanding of their duties.