What can we learn from Theresa May’s leadership style?
As Theresa May exits number 10 for the last time as Britain’s second female prime minister, the keys to the door will be handed over to the next leader of the Conservative party – whoever that may be.
Her premiership has undeniably been overshadowed by Brexit’s endless complexities and has received a mixed response from commentators. Stuart Duff, Head of Development at Pearn Kandola looks at what can we learn from the way she has led the country for almost three years? What lessons are leaders able to take away?
Resilient, Robust and Rigid
We can categorise May’s entire leadership into three consecutive personality traits; resilience, robustness and rigidity. Initially, she could be described as resilient; open to advice and consultation from her colleagues and aides. She was willing to listen and face up to her critics, a trait which slipped away as her time in power went on. This was a promising start. Resilience is a vital characteristic for leaders of any kind and one that can be maintained simply. By having an awareness of the impact that a knockback may have, broadening and deepening their understanding and taking decisive action, leaders are in strong positions to deliver what they have promised and bounce back from defeat.
As she met resistance though, May become more robust and pushed away advisers, as her desire was placed firmly on delivering what she had promised to the British people; leaving the European Union. Her growing unwillingness to consult anyone across the spectrum demonstrated that her view on leaving was firmly set, and this cemented the two incredibly polarised groups; remain and leave.
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