High Morale: Lessons from D-Day to the House of Lords …Remember Monty’s pep talks to us on the eve of the invasion? Then the emotional feeling as we threaded our way through the English countryside, heading for our embarkation points. I can recall some barracking dockers as we approached Southampton, shouting to us ‘are you…Details
For official British Army resources, the Army Knowledge Exchange can be accessed through the defence gateway (for serving military).
The British Army’s Centre for Army Leadership has resources on its website.
The Australian Army’s fantastic Cove website has useful resources for all kinds of military education.
The US Army’s Center for Army Leadership keeps its resources and reports here on its website.
The Centre for Army Leadership has publishes Leadership Insights. The Insights are short, readable, publicly available, have links to further reading and a series of questions. They can form the basis of a leadership development sessions at any rank. The Leadership Insights are on the Centre’s website here.
The British Army Review has two Leadership Special Editions, both available on the Army Knowledge Exchange (defence gateway site or MODNet site) on the Leadership page. The first Leadership Special Edition bring together an anthology of leadership essay from the last 70 years.
Training Programmes and Advice
The Cove, the Australian one-stop-shop for official Australian Army PME, has an article on how to run a PME programme (although it isn’t just focussed on leadership). The article is based on a UK unit’s PME programme and is here.
Another option is to choose a book as the basis of your leadership development programme. You could start with some of our recommendations.
Make Your Guiding Principles Useful Early in my first tour in the Army I received a copy of an unusual document I’d never come across before. Two sides of A4, typed and headed; it was the Commanding Officer’s Command Philosophy. ‘His philosophy?’, I thought. ‘Does he think he’s Plato?’ Since then I’ve wised up. I’ve…Details
Breaking the Mould – How to Change, Develop and Improve Instruction Recently I witnessed, with a heavy heart, a group of trainees being disciplined by their Corporal instructor. Swearing, derogatory language and general de-motivation – it really was sad to listen to. And thankfully, it’s very rare to see these days. When I took the Platoon Commander, who was watching, aside and explained to…Details
Crossing the Stress Point In the 2003 film Falling Down Bill Foster, Michael Douglas’s divorced and unemployed engineer, descends in a stress induced downward spiral, angrily fighting and shooting his way across LA to make it to his daughter’s birthday. “I’ve passed the point of no return. Do you know what that is, Beth? That’s…Details
Never Off Duty – Are You A Social Role Model Too? Today I watched Padre Johanna Jepson and Lt Col Nick MacKenzie talk at the Centre for Army Leadership. The talk was livestreamed over Facebook. They talked about the inmate rehabilitation programme at Louisiana State Penitentiary in a talk titled ‘Unexpected Leaders: Lessons from Louisiana…Details
Nail Your Meetings! We’ve all sat through horrible meetings. In the Army and in civvie street, no one looks forward to meetings. In the US the average employee spends 37% of their time in meetings and 47% complain that meetings are the number one waste of time in their job. A recent U.K. study showed that the…Details
Trusting Us and Trusting Them – A Leader’s Role – Part 2 In the first part of this article I mentioned the theory that trust is made up of integrity, intent, capability and proven results. In this part I’ll cover the next three ways to build trust between teams. The first, to be honest, is…Details
Trusting Us and Trusting Them – A Leader’s Role – Part 1 In 2015 the NATO Kabul Security Force created a joint UK-US integrated command battalion to provide security in Kabul. With a UK commander and a US Command Sergeant Major, it was the first integrated unit like this since the Korean war. The unit…Details
The Five ‘Universals’ of Great Leaders? “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle I left the Army in 2013 having had an incredible twenty year career. During that time I had the opportunity to lead soldiers in a variety of environments including the most demanding of…Details
Drive The Power Train One of the seven Leadership Code behaviours is ‘Encourage Confidence in the Team’. The guide to the Code says that leaders should inspire and motivate their team by showing confidence in their abilities and talking enthusiastically about success. Inspirational motivation. Fine words. But what does that actually mean? ‘Encourage Confidence in…Details