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A great asset: The men and women of the British Armed Forces

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Just this morning, a colleague and I were walking along the beach, brainstorming a leadership development package for a new client. Our conversations led us to reminisce about our time in the military.

As we discussed the toolbox of skills that we gained from our time in the military, we identified capabilities ranging from management of funds, through to millions of pounds worth of equipment. We agreed, that most importantly we have been privileged to work with the greatest asset of all, the men and women of the British Armed Forces.

For me, people form the core strength within any organisation.Brand, profitability, fixed assets can all become irrelevant if there is not a dynamic, resilient team each of which understand their role. It is awe inspiring to witness the sum of people when they work together to achieve a common purpose.

It was a proud day, commissioning from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – acclaimed the finest in the world. However, I will never forget the first time I met my soldiers. Excitement met trepidation as I marched in front,on parade, to address them. There was one chance to get it right, to set the tone for the future.

Soldiers are the most inspiring group of people to work with. But how you lead this group – to inspire, nurture and reward–directly forms a mutual respect. Therefore it is important to get it right. As an officer, you learn and grow as a leader and an individual, and the military provides all the opportunities and challenges for this.

I was fortunate enough to work in both Commando and Parachute Regiments, alongside some of the most physically and mentally strong people imaginable. Their high standards and team pride ensure they achieve any mission given to them. One of the biggest takeaways from my career in the Army is one of pure gratitude to have worked amongst these people. I will be forever indebted to each and everyone one of them for what I have learnt.

James Cassidy, June 2014

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