It’s the start of August and with that comes the arrival of potential RAF Officer scholars and those that have already been selected as future RAF officers who are soon to embark on their initial officer training. It is always a rewarding experience to be working with such a driven and bright group of individuals that are embarking on their journey into different leadership environments. During the week, we examined the key aspects of leadership behaviour, situational leadership and how this links into leadership in the military. This then enabled us to put these behaviours into practice through a number of experiential tasks to really challenge how difficult they can be when in the middle of a situation and the impact that the actions we are accountable for can have on the teams that we lead.
After some great conversations and constructive feedback, it was time to put some of the key learnings from the start of the week into practice – a two day expedition led by the group taking into account all logistics, resourcing, personal issues and the overall aims of the team during the challenge. This led to us saving our very own ‘Officer Woody’ and getting sensitive information to high command via navigation through woods/fields and the Norfolk waterways in our very own canoe convoy. After a tiring day through enemy territory, it was time to set up camp and I am pleased to say that under the capable stewardship of the group leaders, the facilitators were kept dry and fed for the evening – very pleased that those logistics were taken into account by the group!
However, on a serious note the group managed to gain a valuable appreciation of the technical and leadership skills required on such an extended task. This provided some key thoughts/learnings in preparation for tackling such challenges for real in due course and should enable them to draw on such experiences when it really matters. We discuss leadership on a regular basis with a number of teams that come to Bramley but it does not usually carry the risk of the extreme well-being of members of the team based on a leaders decisions.
Always a humbling thought when working with such teams from the forces, though I’m sure there will be a number of teams in very capable hands from the experience we had with such an enthusiastic and bright group of future leaders.
We wish them all the best in their future careers and await eagerly the promised fly-over of Bramley Lakes in the coming years.