A personal celebration of military leadership

Stephen Crookbain, Deputy Director at the National Leadership Centre, shares his thoughts on why military leadership at its best can be great

A team of veterans stands guard outside Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham. Photo credit: Jacob King/PA
A team of veterans stands guard outside Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham. Image credit: Jacob King/PA
War veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA
War veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. Image credit: Joe Giddens/PA
  1. Clarity of intent. How many people can honestly say that they have laser-like clarity on their organisation’s mission and specifically the role they play in fulfilling that mission? Are we like the fabled NASA janitor? Or do we exist somewhere between ignorance and confusion?
This is an image of the first time man walked on the moon.
There’s a story about President John F. Kennedy visitng NASA in 1961. Supposedly the President asked a janitor what he did at NASA, and the janitor replied “I’m helping put a man on the moon!” Image credit: NASA
The cover of retired Captain of the U.S. Navy L. David Marquet’s book ‘Turn the Ship Around!’
The cover of retired Captain of the U.S. Navy L. David Marquet’s book ‘Turn the Ship Around!’ Image credit: Intent-Based Leadership
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Crest, with the motto “serve to lead”. Image credit: @RMASandhurst

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