Leadership in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan

Leadership in combat

Personal leadership

Leading soldiers into battle requires a strong, trustworthy and dependable leader. The leader must have personal authority, outstanding tactical skills and the ability to motivate his soldiers to perform their duties even under the most extreme conditions.

Through my personal experience as a leader fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan I am able to recognise and define the qualities of a good leader and of a well trained and efficient fighting unit.
First the leaders’ personality is discussed. He must know himself and be professionally competent.


Group cohesion

The focus then shifts to the primary and secondary group and how to create and develop these before being sent into combat. We will discuss how to move away from a culture where failures are unacceptable to creating an environment in which failures are regarded as an inevitable aspect of everyday life providing an opportunity for reflection and learning.
A model for debriefing a group is then presented.
Finally, practical leadership case studies from actual combat situations are examined, including:

  • How to maintain focus on the objective whilst under enemy fire
  • Getting the soldiers to comply by leading the way
  • Performing duties when your own life or the lives of your soldiers are at stake
  • How to get back up on your feet after being knocked down.

The lecture can be a stand-alone event or part of a workshop etc.

The lecture is primarily intended for an audience with leadership or management responsibility. However, it is also suitable for non-management personnel who would benefit from an insight into their leader’s concerns and thoughts.

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