Who are Place Leaders?

Place-making is a journey that may have a conscious beginning and defined stages or phases – but it is – in many senses – a journey without end.

Place leaders are people who are passionate about making a difference and about getting things right in that journey. The leadership ‘baton’ is often shared by different people with different expertise or roles at different stages in the journey of place-making.

There’s a saying that goes something like ‘management is about getting people to do what you need them to do. Leadership is about getting people to want to do what needs to be done’. This is very true in place-making. Change is seldom easy for people or for communities. Great place-leaders take groups of people along a journey of change. They are respectful, visionary and value communication as an integral, ongoing, at times spirited, but always two-directional process with stakeholders.

Leadership in place-making can come from many people engaged in the journey. Place shapers, movers, shakers, managers, curators and user groups at different times.

Originally known as Place Leaders Australasia, then as Place Leaders Association, and now Place Leaders Asia-Pacific – was founded by the leaders of large government-funded development authorities. These organisations remain a vital part of Place Leaders today – and our shared table has expanded in recognition that place champions and place leaders operate in many professional, community and governance contexts – both large scale and small. We all share a commitment to the collaborative and inclusive culture that makes for terrific place outcomes – and great place experiences.