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An evening with General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE: An exploration of leadership Event

Sir Richard Barrons
18:00 - 20:15
9 August 2018
Blake Morgan New Kings Court, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG

Event details

Do company bosses need the warrior spirit? Can business leaders learn from the military? Southampton Business School in partnership with Blake Morgan are delighted to host an evening with General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE to answer these questions and many more, in the unique setting of the Executive Learning Partnership annual lecture.

Throughout his long and distinguished military career Sir Richard was an exemplary leader, often on the front line, in many of the conflicts of the last 40 years. His first hand experiences and unstoppable curiosity has promoted a lifelong study of the principles and practices of leadership. His vertical career path from young officer in 1977 to military strategist has provided an enviable laboratory through which to investigate the true nature of leadership in all its guises. Sir Richard is very much at the

forefront of leadership thinking and has developed compelling, authentic and challenging ideas which are relevant for any leader expected to deliver excellence in a volatile and uncertain environment.

Sir Richard is very much looking forward to engaging with you in a robust conversation around the many aspects of leadership.


18.00 Registration, refreshments and buffet 18.30 An exploration of  leadership with General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE

19.30 Networking 

20.15  Close

Speaker information

General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE,General Sir Richard Barrons served in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also held several of the most senior operational command and staff roles until stepping down from fulltime duties in 2016. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he frequently lectures on the subject and has written on senior leadership. “At Southampton I’ll be talking about what I believe is really important,” he says. “Although I’ll be speaking in a military context, there is not much difference between the requirements of the armed forces and the business world, we’re talking about strategy, coping with adversity and ultimately getting people to do what they perhaps don’t want to do as well as making the most of limited resources. No General has ever had all the money he wants.” Sir Richard acknowledges business leaders may not immediately see the link: ‘In the 21st century, the military are not in the public eye. There’s a mythology, usually rooted in Second World War films, Dad’s Army or Blackadder and fewer families have a living member who has fought in conflict. The Army, Royal Navy and RAF may seem remote from companies but there are more parallels between military and civilian leadership than you might think.’

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