‘Developing Leaders in the British Army – giving our leaders the edge for the battles of the future’ Major General S R Skeates

Major General Stuart Skeates will be giving a Guest Lecture on Tuesday 3rd November at Leeds Beckett University.This lecture is the first in the series organised by the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility and will look at developing leaders in the British Army.

Major General Skeates CBE

Leaders are both born and made. The British Army has been developing leaders at Sandhurst for over 200 Years, but it was not until the 1960s when Professor John Adair brought social science into the Academy that ‘leadership development’ was expanded from an academic and anecdotal approach into a deliberate, practical curriculum.

Since then, the Academy has established a model for developing leaders that is emulated around the World and which has served the Army well in the most recent campaigns. But as we prepare a new generation of leaders for the even more complex challenges of the future battlefield, we must continue to evolve our approach and equip our leaders at every level with the necessary skills to win. There is much we can learn from our Allies, our colleagues in the Public Sector, from Academia and from the commercial sector. We have recently reviewed our approach, reaffirmed the need to base our leadership model on values which are underpinned by sound moral understanding, and introduced a new Code of Leadership which blends Transactional and Transformational styles to give our people the edge against our future adversaries and enemies.

Major General Stuart Skeates was educated at The Judd School Tonbridge, King’s College London and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1988. His early service was spent in Germany with 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and in Aldershot with 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

For further information and to register your attendance for free please visit the Leeds Beckett University events website.

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