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HOW OFFICERS DEVELOP LEADERSHIP

Officers in the British Army need a huge range of skills. From understanding tactics to management skills, it’s all part of the job. But one of the most important skills for any Army officer is leadership. Being able to lead and motivate soldiers, sometimes in potentially dangerous situations, is not something many people are born with. Here are just a few of the vital skills officer cadets develop during training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

CONFIDENCE

Officers must think quickly, and communicate clearly and confidently. It’s important that the soldiers under their command have complete trust in them.

IMPROVISATION

Even the best plans can go wrong. Officers must learn to think on their feet and remember to stay flexible.

TEAMWORK

Soldiers are knowledgeable and have lots of experience, so officers must learn to ask them to contribute. Someone might just come up with an idea that no-one else has thought of.

BELIEF

Officers must make decisions, and believe in them.  They are likely to face some hard questions, so it's important that they understand the details.  They must listen to others and be prepared to adapt their plan.

ADAPTABILITY

Sometimes the best solution is overlooked at first. Good leaders know when they have made decisions that aren’t perfect and will alter their plans.

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