Speech by Tony Shepherd to the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

In this address to the inaugural dinner meeting of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney, Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd says the ingredients of effective project leadership include:

  • a clear and concise view of what you are seeking to achieve and what success means
  • thorough planning
  • collaborative and meaningful engagement with external and internal stakeholders
  • leadership and strategic thinking.

He says we must develop in Australia a new coterie of project leaders in government and business sectors.

The development of strong technical and project management skills and disciplines are fundamental building blocks to this goal, but, he says, successful projects must be developed and delivered under effective and strong leadership.