Director and Ambassador Darren Lockyer interviewed by The Courier Mail



Queensland Business Monthly: From the sports field to the boardroom


MORE than a few sports stars who move into business stumble at the first block. The grit, sweat and competition of the sports arena fails to translate to their new corporate challenge. But others thrive, such as Greg Norman, whose business prowess has reached the heights of his sports career. But what does it really take to make it?


Darren Lockyer, 39

Former Broncos and State of Origin captain

Businessman/property developer

Darren Lockyer is considered one of the greatest league players of all time. After he retired in 2011, he moved into property development, co-owns drone business Droneit with ex-cricketer Lee Carseldine, is a shareholder and director of mining services company One Key and is head of business affairs for Mayur Resources.

How did your public profile help in the business realm?

There is no doubt that having a profile helps. With One Key, I was initially an ambassador for them but as time went on, I got myself more involved in the business development side. It definitely opens doors and creates opportunities but you make what you want out of that opportunity. It’s about the discipline and willingness to learn, the initial skill set is not so important. It’s the same with sport – the best players in sport have the talent but they must have the attitude to go with it.

Who are your mentors and what have they taught you?

I don’t have a mentor in business but my mentor in sport was Wayne Bennett. He’s always been very big on discipline and standards and having a good attitude. So I’ve transferred those learnings from sport into the business environment – you come every day, you know what your role is and do it well, have the right attitude to learn and get better.

How did you take what you learnt as a professional sportsperson into your business?

I don’t think you understand the value of what you learn and how transferable that is until you retire. When I started working with these companies, I didn’t know a lot about that industry but soon realised that once you upskill yourself in that industry, those things that make businesses successful are the same things that make sport successful – leadership, attitude, setting high standards and being disciplined.

How do you measure business success and what would be your tips for others wanting to succeed?

Success comes when you set out to achieve what you wanted. With sport and business, you are going to have ups and downs but the key is to hang in when faced with adversity. I know it’s a footy cliche but a key tip is just to take one day at time. Also to know your role and know what doing your role well looks like. That’s important because once you know what that looks like, then it’s up to you how you execute that.

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