70 years is a long time to have remained head of an organisation and to be dedicated to the duties it requires.
Yet the Queen has achieved this and retained the respect of most people, regardless of whether they support the idea of a monarchy or not.
She has often referred to the royal family as “the firm”, so are there lessons for business leaders who want to see their businesses thrive and endure for a long time?
The world has changed dramatically over this period, not only in terms of technology but also in terms of people’s attitudes and behaviour.
So, mastering the skill of adaptability while retaining core values is a skill business leaders should aspire to.
There may be times when it is necessary to pivot a business in a different direction.
Of course, leadership requires both dedication and hard work, but another attribute recognised in the Queen is courtesy.
No matter to whom she is talking this is an attribute that she shows and one that business leaders perhaps could emulate.
Being treated with fairness, courtesy and kindness is likely to be rewarded with loyalty from colleagues and employees and encourages them to go the extra mile.
Of course, there is a considerable difference between ensuring the longevity of the monarchy and that of a business and one of the crucial aspects is being aware of a company’s financial position alongside its competitors at all times.
We have a free, downloadable tool to help businesses to keep track of and manage their finances.
It is available here.