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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Coffee and Clausewitz

Coffee and Clausewitz

Coffee and Clausewitz: Building Organic Leadership Development Communities By Dr Franklin Annis One of the biggest challenges for leaders in both the military and industry is to establish a culture of learning within their organizations. There are packaged programs available and consultants that can be brought in; these approaches often fail to leave lasting results…

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Army Leader Most Read Articles of the First Year

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A MODEX for mission command

MODEX and Mission Command

Model Exercises and Mission Command By Des Fitzgerald In 2016 I was employed as a contractor on the British Army’s STRIKE concept experiment.  The final element of the experiment was a three-week Virtual Environment exercise in the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) for a STRIKE Company Group. There were a whole range of approved tactical…

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Southgate's Leadership

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Steve Smith Crys - Doing the right thing

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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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