Ask the Admiral

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This week, Admiral Lord Boyce takes part in a discussion on aspects of leadership with an audience from military, commercial, and sporting fields. The former chief of defense staff examines strategic leadership, differences in public and non-public sectors, and transition from military to civilian employment. The event permits an opportunity for on-line participation.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday 19th June at Manchester Business School. Lord Boyce is a returning alumnus of the Advanced Management Achievement Course (AMAC). For the event, current members of AMAC will be joined by an invited audience for a question and answer session.

Advanced warning systems

Here are some of the messages picked up by our advanced warning system. The Admiral will face a barrage of questions including the following:

How does leadership manifest itself through your role in the House of Lords?

One of the most popular current television programmes is “The Apprentice”. From watching this programme there may be a perception that successful leadership is developed through bullying. Do you believe that you have to be aggressive to be a good leader?

What characteristics do you look for when you are part of an interview panel to select a person for a leadership position? Do these characteristics differ across the military, non-military public and commercial sectors?

What keeps you awake at night in relation to the toughest challenges of leadership, from a military perspective and from a non-military perspective?

Why not join in?

You can use the message reply at the end of this post to submit a question. We will try to get the questions on the agenda, Thanks to a sympathetic participant infiltrated into the event, we have every hope of adding to the list of questions discussed.

The event will also be reported in a subsquent post.

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2 Responses to Ask the Admiral

  1. Tudor,

    I would like to know why Michael Boyce joined the military and why he stayed in it. Did he initially want to be led and guided by others, or did he want to lead. Is he essentially a follower who has climbed the greasy organisational pole, and now parades as a leader.

    I am not a particular fan of the military mind — particularly as I think it lacks “creativity” and the ability to nuance. Just look at the military performance in Iraq and Afghanistan!

    See you tomorrow.

    Jeff

    http://www.jeffschubert.com/

  2. Tudor says:

    Look forward to meeting JS, whose views have figured in these posts. Can’t agree about military minds in general. Maybe we will discuss.

    Best wishes

    TR

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