Brit Bits: 6 Pieces Of Advice On Leadership From The UK Army

The Long March
British Army soldiers during World War I
National Library of Scotland

The rules that emerged from a recent meeting of British Army leaders struck me as somewhat different from what I hear coming from the Americans. Here they are:


  1. The conformity that got you to the top makes you unqualified to deal with the change
  2. To harness non-conformists and diverse thinking, you need to be a leader that understands the team’s information networks
  3. Diverse and inclusive teams are better at solving problem in a changing environment
  4. You cannot execute on intellect alone. You need experience. And it is a leader’s job to develop that experience
  5. Leaders set the context
  6. When you lean back a level, the team thinks up a level

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