|Solitary Splendour Annie Leibovitz|
What is it about her that has made her so successful for so long and does she have anything to teach us about how to be successful as a senior public woman? I think she does.
Not many of us are born into leadership. But apart from that, the more I thought about it, the more I think she models many of the traits I have identified as important for long term sustainable leadership for women.
|89? Me? Just another day at the office BBC|
She is 89. And she's working every day, apparently completely on top of the job. She has to see the Prime Minister every week to understand and respond to the issues of the day as well as considering the finer points of banquet small talk and whether she can talk Philip out of upsetting the visiting dignitaries. She's a fine example of keeping on working and if I have as much energy as she does at her age I will be thrilled.
She promised herself to the nation all those years ago and that does go a bit beyond the corporate governance rules about protecting the public interest. But she has to prioritize the demands of the job over the family which is very familiar.
Handling People Problems
Unlike most of us in the corporate world, she doesn't have to worry about being replaced. But this is a relatively new benefit for her. Most of her ancestors had to worry about pretenders around every corner who might raise an army and storm into London to take their throne by force. Much worse that worrying about being censored by the Board or lambasted on Twitter.
|St George's Hall after the fire|
"1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure... it has turned out to be an 'Annus Horribilis'".
Now that's getting on with it.
Spouse as supporter
Philip is a trailing spouse. He's dedicated his life to making her successful. OK he didn't stretch to childcare but all those courtiers have to do something.
|Hilarity at the Highland Games. Who knew? The Mirror|
She's always pursued hobbies outside work. Corgis, horses and summer holidays watching caber tossing. Not many people's choice for a relaxing summer break, but each to their own.
Congratulations Ma'am. We salute you as a role model we can all learn from.
Long may she reign.