As news of the death of the monarch spread, I’ve been reminded of the role she played in portraying a leader and some of the lessons she sought to impart. In particular, two things stood out to me as important reminders.
First, she noted that an attribute of leadership is about finding ways to encourage people to combine efforts. It’s so easy to get caught up in the term “leader” and believe that it means forging ahead and setting new paths. But the best leaders I’ve seen have been ones who did not go forward alone, but took others with them, working alongside. We each have our talents and skills, but together we are much stronger and better able to find our success.
Instead of getting caught up in my head about all the things I can/should do, I need to
remember and act upon how I can help others in ways that move us all forward.
The second goes right along with that. She noted that “On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.” It’s so easy to despair over problems and concerns that bombard us every day. As managers, what can we do to make it easier for ourselves and others to create positivity? Are we setting that example and encouraging others when we see them being positive influencers?
What "small acts of goodness" can I do each day to play my part in making that impact?
Having ruled as queen for 70 years and remaining active until the end, I appreciate many of the lessons she provided and the example she modeled in remaining productive. In honor of this, I will try to remember to play my small part in contributing positivity by small acts of kindness each day.