Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Whether you are a Royalist or not, most would agree she has been an incredible leader in her 70 years as Queen.
The Queen demonstrated many of the qualities of leadership that we talk about with leaders in the NHS, other parts of the public sector and those in business. In particular, we would highlight 4 key skills:
1. Live your purpose
Understanding and working towards your purpose is key for leadership.
2. Serve to lead
The Queen’s leadership style could be summed up by the motto of military academy Sandhurst: serve to lead. Ultimately, leadership is an act of service – serving the people you lead and serving the purpose that you are collectively working towards. The focus should be outwards, on others and on the objective.
The Queen experienced some incredible highs but equally some really significant periods of hardship during her reign. She always showed herself capable of pushing through these challenges, changing course and adapting her approach – which are all critical elements of psychological resilience.
Being the Queen might have looked like a one-woman job, but in reality, it was a team effort. The Queen surrounded herself with advisers. Working collaboratively and making the most of the skills and experience of the team around you, is key to achieving big things.
Rest in Peace Your Majesty.