NEWS

SEPTEMBER 21ST 2017

Employers complete Army leadership training exercise

Teams worked together to solve problems

Teams worked together to solve problems

46 representatives from employers of the public and private sector, including councils, NHS Trusts, engineering consultants, solicitors and the Emergency Services have taken part in an Army-based leadership exercise to gain some insight into how the Army does leadership, with relevance to their business environments.

Exercise Executive Leader took place at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on 20 September and included presentations and syndicate discussions on the theory of leadership, followed by some practical problem solving activities outdoors.

 

Working as a team to complete the command task

Working as a team to complete the command task

The morning programme focused around leadership theory. Delegates heard about the Army’s clear and well defined leadership code which is underpinned by a strong set of values and standards.

In the afternoon, the practical approach to leadership was explained and brought to life in a practical, fun and challenging way with problem solving exercises.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “This event is delivered to support the Defence employer engagement programme and it is pleasing that so many of our employer contacts nominated themselves and their colleagues to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Lieutenant Colonel Darren Woods RE, Commanding Officer of East Midlands University Officer Training Corps, said: “Exercise Executive Leader provides an opportunity to showcase the core elements of the British Army’s framework for leadership training.

“The aim is to provide an interactive personal development experience which demonstrates how the theory and practical application of Army leadership training is equally applicable across a broad spectrum of public and private sector environments.  Moreover, it serves to highlight the transferable management skills which Army Reserve personnel, or ex-regular Army soldiers and officers, may bring to their current or future civilian employers.”

Feedback from employers who took part in the event: 

Matt Nash, Watch Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Having completed a lot of leadership training in my own profession, I attended this course for the development opportunity to look at leadership training in the Army and learn lessons from another organisation.  It was interesting to see the range of people that attended the day, as I hadn’t realised how many organisations support the Armed Forces Covenant.

Working as a team to discuss the best way to complete a practical task

Working as a team to discuss the best way to complete a practical task

“In my own team, I know the competencies of individuals and give instruction without a second thought to a task being completed.  This training, through the practical exercises, put me in a position of leading a team I didn’t know, but capable of successfully completing the tasks required.  As a result, I feel more capable of leading new teams, or individuals I don’t know, in the future.”

Daniel Palmer, a Firefighter at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Edwinstowe Fire Station, said: “I found the course very informative and thoroughly enjoyed the practical elements. Our group overcame many physical and psychological challenges in the practical sessions. Some members of the group had to battle their personal fears in order to complete objectives for the team. It was evidential the improvements made to individuals leadership skills throughout the day. We became more proficient at completing objectives both as a collective and as a stand out leader. Our final challenge of the day we accomplished in record time and were awarded additional points for effective team work.”

Lucy Robinson, Director of Resources at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “I personally wanted to take part in the Executive Leader event to see first-hand the leadership training that reservists receive, and how these skills align to that within business and they can be transferred.  It was very enjoyable having time out to think about leadership within business, what qualities are important within a leader, and of course take part in some more practical activities in the afternoon which were great for team building.”

Receiving feedback after completing an activity

Receiving feedback after completing an activity

Kam Bhupla, HR Partner at Loughborough University, said: “We had the opportunity to go over different styles of leadership and it was interesting to hear the Army’s approach to this and how representatives from the Army describe their values and standards.”

 

“Having completed a lot of leadership training in my own profession, I attended this course for the development opportunity to look at leadership training in the Army and learn lessons from another organisation. It was interesting to see the range of people that attended the day, as I hadn’t realised how many organisations support the Armed Forces Covenant."