DOZ Issue 39 January 2019 - Page 11

of direction, I believe people will follow you.” Many may not have liked her policies but follow her they did. Below are some famous Magaret Thatcher quotes that represent who she was and what she stood for; “You cannot lead from the crowd.” “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the ‘U-turn,’ I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning. I say that not only to you, but to our friends overseas – and also to those who are not our friends.” “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” “I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.” “Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.” “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” Leadership Lessons from the Life of Margaret Thatcher 1. Great women are confident women. They are confident in themselves, in their beliefs and the decisions they make. These women are not looking for others to validate them. 2. Great women do not seek to be liked. They do not care about what others think of them, and they do not care about their popularity rating. And because they do not court the love or approval of others, they do not have to compromise on their convictions. 3. Great women are also women of resolve. These women are not just decisive but once they have decided they are not quick to change it. And they indeed will not be changing their decisions to please anyone. 4. Great women are decisive women. At every crossroad, they know what to do, and they do it without missing a beat. Margaret Thatcher said, “One thing I seemed to have was the power to make a decision when a decision had to be made.” 5. Great women are not afraid to try again. The first time Margaret Thatcher ran for a seat in the House of Commons, she lost. But she did not give up. She tried again several years later and won. Failure is not a destination but a layover on the journey to success. Great women know this, and so they are not overwhelmed by failure. 6. Great women are organised. They are efficient, and as such, they can juggle the family ball and career ball without dropping one or both. 7. Great women understand that it is lonely at the top and so they treasure and invest in the relationships that matter on their way to the top. Margaret Thatcher was a good politician, but she was also a good wife and making time for her family meant she always had a friend and companion in her husband. She said, “Being prime minister is a lonely job. But with Denis there, I was never alone. What a man. What a husband. What a friend.” 8. Great women are not afraid to share their weaknesses. Margaret Thatcher once admitted, “I am often impatient with people.” While no one is perfect, and everyone has faults, not everyone acknowledges them. It takes a great woman to see her flaws and admit them. 9. Great women go beyond preparing to expect the unexpected. Preparation is proper, but great women know that the unexpected can and does occur. Margaret Thatcher had the Thatcher Law which she relied on during her tenure as Britain’s Prime Minister. It stated that “no matter how prepared you are, the unexpected happens. How you cope then remains, of course, the real test.” A true test of great women is their ability to manage the many unexpected challenges of life. 10. Great women inspire others. Their story gives hope and sends across a simple message, one that says, if I can so can you. If the daughter of a small shopkeeper could become the first female Prime Minister of one of the most powerful nations in the world, then your dream is possible. If the woman who was not allowed to debate while an undergraduate at Oxford solely because of her gender could go on to become the leader of her nation, then anything is possible for the woman reading this. 11 DOZ Magazine | January 2019