Senior NCO Leadership

British Army SNCO Leadership“Senior NCOs run the Army”. Even if that’s not true, Senior NCO leadership is certainly making the British Army’s companies, units and administration run. As a Senior NCO you’re an experienced leader but you are moving from leading at the front to making everything work behind the scenes.

Officers value your opinion, NCOs see you as a role model. But the chain of command also expects you to have a wider view. Everyone knows you could run the troop or platoon. You need to prove you can make the company, unit, stores or training team run. That’s a much bigger ask.

William A Connelly's advice to every Senior NCOGood NCOs are not just born. They are groomed and grown through a lot of hard work and strong leadership by Senior NCOs.

William Connelly, sixth Sergeant Major of the US Army 

You’re also a role model to your Junior NCOs, developing their leadership and helping them see the bigger picture as well. If you need some inspiration, check out these videos with some training suggestions. If you’ve been tasked to run a leadership development session then check out these leadership resources, books and some leadership quotes to spice up your presentations.

Great Senior NCO leadership is thinking of the bigger picture, being a first class role model and bringing the maturity and experience that junior officers can’t deliver.  The articles below are for you.

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James Mattis’s Leadership Philosophy

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Steve Smith Crys - Doing the right thing

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…

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Breaking the Mould – How to Change, Develop and Improve Instruction

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Crossing the Stress Point

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Nail Your Meetings!

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Drive The Power Train

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RSM Common Sense

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Clive Woodward’s Teamship

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Don’t Airbrush Leadership

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