Conflicted: Why Arguing is the Right Thing to do. Interviewed by The Army Leader For years Ian Leslie was fascinated by the question of why public and private disagreements go so badly, so often. In public, they descend into acrimony or get stuck in a grinding neutral gear. In private, disagreements should shatter groupthink or…Details
‘Leaders are readers’. Learn from others’ experiences and theories by getting your head into some good leadership books. Below are leadership books we have read and recommend, and also some articles that recommend book that will enhance your leadership.
Not enough time to read? Well first, I’d recommend you read Gen Mattis’s email about not finding the time to read. But if you still struggle to find the time, I highly recommend trying Audible and downloading books to listen do in your car or on your commute.
Peak Performance Under Pressure by Dr Stephen Hearns Reviewed by Dan Spiers In June 2020 the British Army’s Centre of Army Leadership published Leading Through Crisis: A Practitioner’s Guide. It was written after the Centre provided mentors and leadership advice to the NHS and local government during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. Peak Performance…Details
Leadership in War: Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts Reviewed by Neil McLennan Andrew Roberts’ Leadership in War: Lessons from Those Who Made History (Allen Lane, 2019) offers readers a range of lessons drawn from nine case studies. Two case studies are from the Napoleonic Wars (Napoleon and Nelson); six from the…Details
I Have the Watch, by Jon S Rennie Reviewed by James Harrison There are no finite answers to the questions of leadership, which is why Harvard University estimate that there are over 15,000 books on the topic of leadership currently in print. I often find myself searching for a book that will add value and…Details
The British Army Challenge Book Reviewed by Stephen Carey As a Psychiatrist, I often see people for whom the stabilising fins of family, organisational structure, tradition and support have proven insufficient to prevent their boat overturning. And once overturned, a changed and corrosive world view can set in, taking time to correct. More broadly, we…Details
Christmas Leadership Book List 2019 By Tim Heck, Book Reviews Editor Each year, with Christmas around the corner and High Street full of holiday sales, The Army Leader reaches out to respected military leaders, scholars, and authors to ask them for a recommendation for our Christmas leadership book list. This year we sought a more…Details