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David Langdown, co-founder of Focus7 International, gives us 4 leadership lessons we can learn from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

A Focus7 International Ltd blog

This year, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. Filled with patriotism, we decided to take a closer look at her time as Queen and see what it is that makes her such a wonderful leader and icon to so many people around the world.

Respect, and be respected

As a leader, it is important to respect not only your fellow management and seniors, but also your team. If people can see that you're speaking from the heart and that you believe in your words and principles, you'll present yourself as a person to be respected. Respect is earned, so be sincere – always.

Grace goes a long way

It’s unlikely you’ll only ever experience good times when leading a team – sadly, the hard times are just part of life. However, how you handle yourself in those situations is of the upmost importance. Remember that raising your voice to become the loudest does not make you a leader, so like the Queen, hold yourself with grace and dignity at all times.

Appearances count

Whatever the occasion, presenting yourself to your staff, clients and prospects as someone to be taken seriously is highly important. The Queen always looks immaculate at every appearance she makes. Granted, we can’t all afford our own personal team of super-stylists like she can, however, making a little extra effort can go a long way.

Embrace change

HM Queen Elizabeth II was only 26 years old when she became Queen, and now, at 89, it’s fair to say that she has seen significant changes in politics, fashion, technology, music, film and science amongst other things. One thing that has remained consistent through her reign is her commitment to embracing and understanding change rather than fighting against it.  

Fun Fact! In March 26, 1976, Queen Elizabeth II became the very first head of state to ever send an email!

As a leader, it is immensely important to embody the same principles as the Queen. If your business is going through changes, embrace them! Stay knowledgeable of what’s going on, and above all things, “keep calm and carry on!”

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