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  • Author: BRNC
  • Date: Wednesday 13th February 2019

A delegation from BRNC has recently attended the annual US Naval Academy (USNA) Leadership Conference in Annapolis, Maryland. The four officer cadets and three members of staff from the Royal Naval Leadership Academy (RNLA) took part in the conference organised by the USNA Midshipman and titled ‘Inside Out Leadership – Know Yourself First’. The conference aimed to explore how knowing oneself and playing to one’s weaknesses and strengths is a crucial skill set for a leader to possess.

The conference comprised an impressive variety of guest lecturers that included the 108th New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace USMC (Ret), Former Commander of the US 3rd Fleet Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, 29th Deputy Secretary of Defence Gordon England and President and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc Mr Horacio Rozanski.

Throughout the three-day conference panel discussions were conducted by both military and civilian personnel including a former Vietnam Prisoner of War, NASA Astronaut, Deputy Director of the US Fire Administration, Director of Talent Acquisitions at LinkedIn plus many more. The discussions generated many interesting topics which included 'How to bring out the best in people', 'Leading beyond self' and 'Leading from within' all of which were followed by breakout sessions giving the opportunity for the delegates and staff to discuss further leadership ideas and comment on the points raised by the panels.

In addition to the conference the delegation took the opportunity to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and The Vietnam, Korean and World War 2 National War Memorials. An educational visit was also made to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, expanding on military topics covered during the cadets’ time at BRNC and generating much discussion on ethical leadership.

Officer Cadet Alex Ward said: "The conference has been inspiring and each cadet has taken something away to apply to their own leadership styles.  Being able to live alongside the US Navy Midshipmen for a few days was also an experience, showing both similarities and differences from life at BRNC.”


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