Queen Elizabeth II Quotes
Attributes of leadership, courage during hard times, and finding a balance between action and reflection.
"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."
Leadership isn’t all about being the best performer. One of the best things you can do for the people you lead whether they be your colleagues at work, teammates in sport, or children at home is to inspire them.
People don’t need you to do the job for them, they need you to help them find the courage and develop the skillset to do it themselves. In a word: empowerment. It’s like the old saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.“
"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."
It’s natural to not feel ready to do something hard. Hard things often take us to new mental and emotional territory, places that are outside of our comfort zone. That can be pretty darn scary.…
But that’s the whole point. “Courage“ is action taken in the face of fear. Thus, the only time you can actually be courageous is when you feel challenged, uncomfortable, fearful. Such hard moments are the best opportunities to practice your courage as the strength and rewards you gain from doing so are even more valuable than normal times. The harder something is to do, the more you will gain by doing it.
"We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."
Taking action is the only way to move forward in life. But you also have to make sure that you’re taking the right action, which is where reflection comes in. Reflection is how you ensure that the actions you’re taking are giving you progress, not just movement.
It’s best to have a balance. Take as much action as you can to keep moving forward. If at any point you feel that you’re not making valuable progress towards your goal then:
Reflect on what you’ve done
Recalibrate to make sure you’re moving in the right direction