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Communication and Applied Behavioural Science

Leadership is a complex activity that can be defined in many ways. However, at heart it is about a leader’s ability to shape the thoughts and actions of those they lead. Leaders who understand why people think, feel and behave the way they do are better able to accomplish that.

The Communication and Applied Behavioural Science (CABS) course at RMAS is designed to provide officer cadets with useful insights and practical techniques – insights into understanding context, understanding self, and understanding 'other', what motivates people, how teams work, techniques to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills, the nature of biases, ways of communicating more effectively and techniques that can help a young officer to support soldiers.  Our mantra is that self-awareness and awareness of others empowers command.  The CABS main themes are:

  • Motivating and team building
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Problem-solving (biases and heuristics)
  • Creative thinking
  • Understanding
  • Negotiation skills and techniques for the military practitioner

The bulk of the CABS course is experiential – cadets learn by doing. Our flagship exercise is Exercise AGILE INFLUENCE, a company-sized, day-long simulation where officer cadets are exposed to complexity, ambiguity, diversity and the need to develop flexibility of thought and response.  We also support units in Pre Deployment Training with training in soft skills awareness.

CABS tutors are regularly invited to share their expertise in Defence Diplomacy initiatives in other countries – for example, Indonesia, The Gambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Contact the CABS department using the link in the navigation menu on the left hand side of this page.

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