The Unpopular Man: Leading as a Lance Corporal In July 2006 I attended my Potential Junior Non Commissioned Officers’ Cadre. I was still junior. Fresh faced (even, perhaps, baby-faced). I’d arrived in the battalion only 18 months earlier, only 18 years old. But I had completed a tour of Iraq, Operation TELIC 6, and my…Details
Junior NCO Leadership
As a Junior NCO you are the bedrock of the British Army. You’re at the first leadership rank in the Army, perhaps the most difficult. Junior NCO leadership is about taking the first step that makes a distinction between you and your friends. Getting that right can be tough. On the other hand, you are the most powerful group of role models a unit has – you live with your soldiers, train with them, parade with them, eat with them and sleep in the same block. To a young new soldier you are a god. And you have the same level of power over him and responsibility for him.
Junior NCO leadership can be tough, but it’s the first rung of leadership and one of the most satisfying jobs in the Army. You’ll find our recommended leadership podcasts will give you some reflections on leadership that might be helpful. If you are looking for books on leadership – from sports, the military and business – then check out our list here. Spammed for a leadership presentation? Our leadership quotes page might help you.
Your section or team will look up to you and you can mould them – not into being another version of you but into being the best version of themselves. You’ll need to know how to get the best from people – inspiring them, motivating them and sometimes grabbing them by the scruffs of their necks. The articles below are for you.
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James Mattis’s Leadership Philosophy You’d have to have been living in a hole to not have heard of James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis. The current Secretary of Defense and former United States Marine Corps General has a legendary reputation in the US armed forces. It’s a reputation built on stories of his no-nonsense combat and peacetime leadership. Several years…Details
Counting the Costs of Winning: Doing the Right Thing, on a Difficult Day… When the Whole World is Watching
Counting the Costs of Winning: Doing the Right Thing, on a Difficult Day… When the Whole World is Watching By Martyn Cook. Leaders under pressure must keep themselves absolutely clean morally. The relativism of the social sciences will never do. They must lead by example, must be able to implant high-mindedness to their followers, and…Details
The Lord Down Here. Discipline Lessons from RSM John C Lord MVO MBE RSM John Lord MVO MBE is a legendary character but one that is less recognised these days than he should be. He achieved two notable firsts: the first RSM of 3 PARA (on its formation) and the first Academy Sergeant Major at…Details
Advising and Inspiring: What I Learned from ‘Bottom-Up Blogging’ I recently instigated an internal monthly blog within my Army Reserve RMP company. It began with me writing an example and publishing it. I then press-ganged others to follow suit. To begin, each month we covered a different aspect of the British Army’s ‘LEADERS’ model from the…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