The Queen has tea with Paddington Bear!
Many across the world were witness to the celebration of the Queen’s golden jubilee, marking 70 years on England’s throne. We’ve been talking about how successful leaders embrace change and this is by far one of the best examples I’ve seen in a long time. You don’t get more traditional than the Queen of England. To see her sit in Buckingham Palace and act a scene with Britain’s best loved fictional animated character is one for the books.
Let’s contextualise her leadership and note some key lessons learned:
1. Knowing your purpose and living it keeps you grounded in leadership.
70 years ago she ascended the throne and accepted that to do so was not by choice, but by destiny. That was her purpose, the reason for her existence. Marrying shortly after, she still knew the order of her priorities; that is, crown first.
2. Consistency is currency.
She has been stolid on the throne while 14 prime ministers have served England, most of whom have benefited from her wisdom and counsel. That she rarely appears rattled, doesn’t change her temperament, is quite a feat for someone under the public glare over 7 decades.
3. Relying on the support of a team is wisdom.
As she has guided others, the Queen has herself benefited from experienced advisors who are well versed in all things concerning the Institution and who have drawn up strategies and plans and given her counsel over the years.
4. Resilience is a hallmark of great leadership.
Her resilience is remarkable. Having lived and led through war and peace, economic booms and busts, personal tragedies and triumphs, and never once crumbled openly nor wavered in her public duties through the span of her 70 years on the throne, is a feat all leaders will herald as a great one.
5. Brand power is real.
Apart from the consistency in values, behaviour and work, the Queen has also shown consistency in her personal style of grooming and dress. This has helped her become one the world’s most recognisable figures.
The Queen’s leadership was characterised by purpose, service and grace. Let us lead with grace and be remembered positively.
Source: Tucci Goka Ivowi | Linkedin.com