The Top 5 Leadership Lessons Margaret Thatcher Taught Us
Margaret Thatcher is being laid to rest this week, and I can’t help but remember all of the valuable lessons she taught us. She was a part of our Greatest Generation – a generation that faced enormous obstacles like the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, the depression and the spread of communism.
Notes that five key quotes from Thatcher capture the essence of her power in leadership:
- “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Her manner of governing was humble and unasssuming, ruling through subtle power that eminated from her presence, without calling attention to herself.
- “Everything is fine until you run out of everybody’s else’s money.” Thatcher believed in self reliance, providing for one's own, and supporting the community. Her vision contrasts with our current attitude of entitlement, looking for what we are owed or deserve.
- “ ... [it was a time of] Opposition, and when a good many people intended to keep us there. They failed, and the conservative 1980s were the result. But in a certain sense, we remained an opposition, we were never the establishment." The era of the Cold War was confrontational, and the government was often viewed critically, as the source of the problem. The conservative approach to the problem was never viewed as one that people could embrace, but Thatcher stood for what she believed in the face of opposition.
- “I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.” Because her policies were controversial, it took great conviction to stand up for her beliefs and adhere to her values. She ruled with what she believed was right, not necessarily popular.
- “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.” Our current culture seems to value this type of popularity, acting out of self-interest, without a clear sense of purpose or commitment. She suggests that our attitude does not lead to progress or achievement.
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Source is Forbes.com
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What aspects of Thatcher's legacy would you add to these? Is the author accurate in critiquing our present culture?