When the pressure really builds I think of how difficult leadership must be for the Prime Minister. Surely our everyday business ‘issues’ are nothing compared to the table of responsibility inside number 10.
That’s why I’m doubly struck by Tony Blair writing in his autobiography and mentioning in his PR interviews that he changed dramatically as a leader. It’s obvious he grew in confidence and his skin thickened with conviction, but he soon realised that his leadership wasn’t about ideological fixations of left versus right – by his own admission it was more about structural change, project management and delivery.
Next time you’re ruing your team or thinking your day should be more about business and less about people, take solace in the fact our country’s leaders have the same headaches as you.
Not sure if it makes it any easier to bear though.