The Queen has been recognised as an inspirational and influential leader throughout the seventy years of her reign. Much could be written about her leadership. One approach could write from a biographical perspective focussing on the development of her leadership throughout her reign; another from a management perspective focussing on her role; others from a personal perspective focussing on her qualities; another from a philosophical perspective focussing on her principles and methods; another from positional perspective concentrating on her position; another from a pragmatic perspective focussing on what worked for her, and still another from a situational perspective focussing on leading through the many and varied situations she has encountered during her long reign.
While reflecting on the Queen’s leadership qualities, perspectives, and experiences, time also needs to consider how God leads each of us. The biblical account suggests ten aspects of God’s leadership.
No doubt, elements of the above leadership qualities, methods and values of God can be seen in the leadership of the Queen. Although it is not realistic to compare the leadership of any person, including the Queen, with the leadership of the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God, God’s influence within our lives should impact how we, as individuals, influence other people – just as the Queen’s influential leadership has inspired so many.
Dr Steve Currow is the Principal of Newbold College of Higher Education in Bracknell, UK