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5 Leadership Lessons From The Queen

#hm70 #leadership #learning journeys #platinumjubilee Jun 01, 2022

Most of us would chew our own arms off to have employees stay with the business for more than 10 years, so with an extraordinary 70 years in her role, the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee had us thinking about the qualities of a strong leader.

  1. Embracing change. Let’s face it, the Queen has seen significant changes from family to governments to technology.  Every good leader needs to accept change and take calculated risks as maintaining status quo does not equate to growth or success.
  2. The team comes first. The Queen has more than 1,200 staff in the Royal Household alone and it appears to operate like a well-oiled machine.  Great communication, a concern for the welfare of your team (or subjects if you are HRH), solution-finding and strategic focus are a few of the skills important in leaders to drive optimum productivity and levels of engagement. 
  3. Tenacity. Never give up and look at a negative experiences as a positive step forward.  But it takes courage and as the Queen quoted in her Christmas speech in 2008 "When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future."
  4. Determined, diligent, industrious, enterprising and hard-working.  All these adjectives are often used to describe the Queen. They also apply to any great leader.
  5. “Never wear beige”. Ok, ok so this isn’t one of our key leadership competencies but clearly the Queen felt wearing bright colours helps everyone know who she is.  And being visible as a leader helps you connect with your team and allows you to share your vision.

Her Majesty summarised leadership in the following way:

"I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together,"

We believe that everyone has the potential to be an extraordinary leader and that the skills and behaviours needed can all be learned and mastered

Take a look at our Learning Journeys to discover the core competencies that we believe make a great leader.


The team at We Are Extraordinary would like to congratulate Her Majesty on the extraordinary achievement of reaching her Platinum Jubilee, and to thank her for her decades of selfless, dedicated service.

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