When was the last time you left a leadership training session feeling emotionally committed to what you have learnt? With good leadership you have a chance; without it, you have none.
Successful leaders of both small businesses and large organisations have crucial attributes and skill sets. They possess a vision of where they are going, the ability to inspire, motivate and effectively lead those around them. Ultimately, they retain a cool head in a crisis.
We believe that leadership theory can be experienced, powerfully and memorably, by walking in the footsteps of those who have been forced to make crucial decisions on the battlefield and in campaigns that have determined our political landscape and nation states.
For leaders such as Napoleon and Wellington, Eisenhower and Churchill, the history is written – for them there’s no going back – but for us there’s huge power and opportunity in examining not only their decisions and actions, but the intense emotional circumstances in which those decisions were taken. We have analysed how Second Lieutenants led on the Somme in 1916, or how Divisional Commanders led at Waterloo in 1815, or indeed how the most senior Generals failed to lead at Arnhem in 1944.
And this same research method has discovered parallels for every management situation. We know how the best leaders in history dealt with the realities of leadership under extreme pressure and we have converted their experience into something that can make a real difference in your organisation.
So why is a battlefield the toughest classroom to take your team? It is because on a battlefield, as in business, there is always someone on the other side of the hill thinking and acting against you. Business Lessons and leadership learning derived from the battlefield brings wider and deeper thinking. The principles of leadership do not change, only the circumstances.
Developing business people, through battlefield insight – Serious business