Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, having served more than seven decades encompassing world turmoil, challenges, and major technogical changes. As such, her long service provided her with much insight and experience in leading.
As I’m embarking on my next path, or rather considering possible new paths, I find myself having to remind people who wish me well, that I am going to be deliberate and not just leap in. I think, next time I feel the push for major change from others I’ll quote the Queen.
“It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”
Something I have always prided myself on is a sense of fairness. I try my best to be fair in all situations and listen and consider all sides. And for the most part, I seen as being fair. Even with those on the opposite side of “the aisle”. Here is another insightful quote from the Queen.
“Right around the world, people gather to compete under standard rules and, in most cases, in a spirit of friendly rivalry. Competitors know that, to succeed, they must respect their opponents; very often, they like each other too.”
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I lived in a high rise. I was fairly high up. I loved seeing out throughout the city. I would wake up early to catch the sunrise and then I would grab my camera. I loved watching the sunrise and feeling invigorated and visionary.
“Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God.”
As a leader, who often gets asked what’s my leadership style, I inevitably say its “servant leadership”. But I have come to realize that during times of great trauma, there comes a time when one has to not only be a servant but a peer in the trenches.
“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.”