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Leadership with the British Army

The British Army are experts on leadership and are here to pass this on to you.

The British Army are sponsoring the Explorers Leadership Activity Badge. This exciting partnership means the British Army will be able to share their expert leadership knowledge, helping Explorer Scouts develop skills for life. The British Army also support the Scouts Mechanic Activity Badge.

Let’s talk leadership with Captain Luke

On Tuesday 8 December 2020, the British Army held a webinar about leadership. The experts spoke about what good leadership is, shared their lived experiences, and answered questions from the audience. You can watch the recording below.

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Our partnership with the British Army engages young people through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities. It also provides the advice they need to step up and take the lead. 

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What is leadership?

The British Army are experts on leadership. They’ve spent hundreds of years perfecting it, and have summed it up with seven leadership behaviours. 

An acrostic poem spelling the word Leaders, which outlines seven leadership behaviours.

Putting it into practice

A three arrow circle which structures the seven leadership behaviours into a cycle of vision, support and challenge.


The British Army’s seven leadership behaviours fit into a cycle of vision, support, and challenge. The best leaders are comfortable with all of the stages and show the leadership behaviours in everything they do.

Over time, these behaviours will become so natural you’ll do them without thinking twice – until then, it’s valuable to take the time to reflect and compare your behaviours to the seven leadership behaviours. Figure out what you did well, and what you can work on in future.  Feedback from your team can be a great way to identify your strengths and weaknesses – hopefully you’ll have taught them to recognise your skills and give constructive feedback. Don’t forget to lead by example when you hear what they think. 

Lived leadership experiences

with Major Nick French

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Lived leadership experiences

with Corporal Channon Heaney

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Leadership Q&A

Listen to Major Louise, Major Nick, Captain Luke and Corporal Channon answer leadership questions from Explorers across the UK, or download the transcript to read through the conversation.

Leadership Q&A with the British Army
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