A Breath of Fresh Air: Project Oxygen and the British Army By Will Meddings It’s a simple question; an often-asked question that seems to have a million answers: what makes a good leader? It is worth asking this simple question, not because there is a simple answer but because asking it might just force you…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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We Happy Few: A Call for Inclusion By The Army Leader The 25th of October is St Crispin’s day, a festival that celebrates the martyrdom of Saints Crispin and Crispinian around 286 AD. It is also (and perhaps better) remembered as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, part of the Hundred Years’ War between…Details
A Veteran’s Perspective on Training and Development By Richard Clark Jocks, NCOs and officers are now far more transparent about their successes and failures than they were in my day (All those years ago!). It is a good thing, too. When I left the Army several years ago it was rare to talk about the…Details
Failure: A Practioner’s View By Lt Col Fernando Garetto, Some authors say that failure is a key element of learning. Others suggest that leaders should share their failures in order to make their people feel more comfortable with their own mistakes, contributing to the generation of a creative culture. Ed Catmul dedicated a whole chapter…Details
Summer Book List 2019 Last Christmas we asked a group of senior leaders what books they would recommend a leader has on their Christmas list. Well Christmas is now far behind us. The cold is a distant memory and most of us are looking forward to relaxing in the sun over the summer. And if…Details
Role Models and Vulnerability By Richard Clark If you read any book on military leadership then you will quickly realise the importance of relationships; trying and exert authority without the approval or consent of your subordinates is destined to failure. No one will work for a prick, it’s as simple as that. The importance of…Details