October 17th 2017

Employees take part in Exercise Future Leader

High fives all round

Exercise Future Leader

Employees from across the East Midlands came together to learn leadership skills from Reserve Forces at a special event on Saturday (October 14).

Professionals who have been identified as leadership material by their organisations were given an insight into being a leader within the military by members of 162 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) as part of Exercise Future Leader at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham.

Members of the regiment were on hand to pass on their military training that could be transferred into leadership roles in any industry.

The day consisted of discussions on what makes a good leader and what they do before employees took part in command tasks in the afternoon designed to build their leadership skills.

Captain David Gayle of 162 RLC, said: “It was an excellent event and a delight to meet so many bright employees who will go on to lead superbly in their organisations.

“The leadership training you receive in the military is second to none and it was great to be able to pass that on.

“It’s also rewarding to build relationships with these companies many of whom have already shown support for the Armed Forces.”

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Ward Sisters Linda Knighton and Liz Campbell at Exercise Future Leader

From the University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust were Ward Sisters Linda Knighton, Liz Campbell and Deputy Charge Nurse Neil Statham.

Liz said of the event: “It’s been great. It’s been thought provoking and interesting to talk about different aspects of leadership from the military and those in other professions.”

Linda added: “I particularly enjoyed the team building activities in the afternoon. It’s been a very useful experience.”

On each task a leader was chosen and briefed on what the team needed to achieve

Alex Ridley

Alex Ridley, HR Business Partner at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s been interesting and very different to what I’m used to. We’ve been using our leadership skills in different ways and seeing how they work in practice.”

Bex Sims, a firefighter with Nottingham Fire and Rescue, said: “It’s been a really good experience and I’ve enjoyed it.

“It’s been quite interesting talking about the difference between being a manager and a leader and excellent in the afternoon working together as a group where none of us had ever met before to complete tasks.”

A full gallery of pictures is available here.

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Bex Sims

“It was an excellent event and a delight to meet so many bright employees who will go on to lead superbly in their organisations."