News

People from the country make good CEOs, study reveals

WILL Fenech knows all about hard work.

As a kid, getting up before school to help out with chores on his parents Central Queensland property was a part of life.

And a bit of hard work never hurt anyone, Will said.

A new study revealed that 38% of Australia's top 100 chief executives who were born in Australia actually grew up in regional towns.

CQUniversity professor Ross Chapman, commented on the research, and says that honesty, self-confidence, self-discipline and independence are just a few of the traits that people growing up in the country have.

"(Having chores) helps to built character and it does you a lot of good," Will said.

And hard work has paid off for Will and his family who run a successful Brahmans stud in Wowan.

Will says that having chores since he was a kid given him good work ethics for life.

"We all had chores like any family. We get up early and had jobs to do and sometimes you don't like them, but you do them," Will said.

"We worked hard for everything we've got."

Prof. Chapman (pictured right) couldn't agree more with the study, saying that a country life makes you resilient and independent.

"I was brought up in regional and rural areas of NSW throughout my primary and secondary years," he said.

"People there know about the cycles of the weather, go through good and tough times and you learn about these things and develop resilience."

The School of Business and Law professor said that experiencing hardship on occasion can help you appreciate what you do have.

"City kids aren't the same because of the sort of chores to be done and their environments are different," Prof. Chapman said.

"I'm not saying one's better than the other, they are simply different."

Topics:  business, cqu, cquniversity, editors picks




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Coalition is ‘shooting from the hip’ with CQUni funds

Incumbent LNP member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd with CQUni’s vice chancellor professor Scott Bowman and associate professor Owen Niven.

The $10 million funding from LNP two days before the election.

Safer nights in Rocky with new laws

Bill Byrne with Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman announces the new Safer Nights Precinct laws in Rockhampton. Photo Contributed

New rest and recovery centres are being introduced in Rocky.

Latest deals and offers

Stockland Terrace - oficial opening

Stockland Commercial Property CEO, John Schroder talks at the official opening of...

Farmers protest land clearing laws

Farmers from across Central Queensland gathered in Rockhampton to express their...

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward