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Leadership Fundamentals with Brigadier Nick Cowley OBE

This week we are going back to basics and exploring some of the fundamentals of effective leadership with Brigadier Nick Cowley, OBE.  


Over the past 20 years Nick has been in leadership positions during multiple operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, with regular and special forces.  


Nick is currently commanding 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is the British Army’s high readiness force. During his career Nick has been awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service, an MBE and an OBE.   


In addition to his military career Nick has always had a keen interest in education and social mobility. In 2009, Nick founded a social mobility charity called The Talent Tap which gives training and opportunity to talented students from low social mobility areas.   


I first met Nick in 1997 when we were on the Pre-University Course at the Royal Miliary Academy, Sandhurst, and then found ourselves in the same platoon three years later, on the Commissioning Course back at Sandhurst.  


I’m delighted to bring you this interview with Nick, because even way back then in our very early twenties, it was evident that he was one of life’s natural leaders. And that being the case, I know for certain he’s going to provide us all with massive value through today’s episode.  



Before we get into the episode, let me just share some information about an amazing competition I have for you. I’m mixing up the usual book competition and super-sizing it for you!  


Instead of giving you the chance to win a book every time we have an author on the show, I’m going to be doing one prize draw at the end of each season to win ALL of the books mentioned in that season.  


This season you can win a copy of Empathy Works, Legacy in the Making, See, Say It Appreciate It, How Not to F**k Up Your Start Up, plus a copy of my book Mission: Leadership.  


All you have to do to enter is click on the link in the show notes before 23rd March and add your details so we can get in touch if you win.  


That’s enough from me though, let’s get into this interview with Brigadier Nick Cowley, OBE. 



The Book Competition!:    


Other Resources mentioned in this episode:  

The Talent Tap: 

Book | HBR On Teams: 

Book | Turn That Ship Around: 

Book | Legacy:    


The FREE 10-4-10 Leadership Programme:    


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