Centre for Army Leadership’s (CAL) 2019 Annual Conference

The Centre for Army Leadership (CAL) Conference 2019 took place on 23 October 2019. With a range of speakers from across the Army and leadership researchers, authors and experts from around the world gathered with 1200 delegates to listen to a number of presentations on Leadership and how digital developments affect how we manage and lead.

The conference theme of ‘Leading in the Digital Age’ is timely given the complexity of the issues surrounding technological change and digitisation in the context of an increasingly uncertain operating environment.

The CAL’s purpose is to drive leader and leadership development across the Army with conceptual development through academic activity residing at the heart of its mission. Opportunities abound for organisations that are not only comfortable with the questions thrown out by the subject but find answers to them and can adapt to the new context. As such, we must seek to build capacity for rapid innovation while exploiting the opportunities that disruption presents. Perhaps most importantly it is vital that organisations prepare and develop their leaders in a way that allows them to reap the greatest rewards.

The speakers assembled this year were outstanding and globally recognised in their fields. They revealed the latest thinking, identify insights and highlight the best practice that will doubtless improve your ability to prosper in challenging times.

Keynote speakers:

  • Lieutenant General Chris Tickell CBE Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Dr Pippa Malmgren CEO, author and former Presidential Advisor
  • Dr Jochen Menges Cambridge University
  • Bellingcat (Nick Waters) - Civil Society, Social Media and Conflict
  • Wavell Room - How Are Digital Tools Affecting Junior Leadership Now?
  • Army Sergeant Major supported by 6 Corporals - Junior Leaders in The Digital Age
  • Jamie Wheal Co-author of Stealing Fire and CEO of the Flow Genome - Project Hacking Humans: The Source Code Behind Ultimate Performance
  • Panel Q&A – The Challenges and Opportunities of Leading in The Digital Age with:
    • Mrs Jaya Baloo – Singularity University
    • Dr Mareike Möhlmann – Warwick Business School
    • Mr Frank Dick – President of the European Athletics Coaches Association Chaired by
    • Lloyd Clark Director of Research, Centre for Army Leadership
  • Closing Address Major General Paul Nanson CBE Director Leadership (Army)

Lieutenant Colonel Langley Sharp MBE SO1 Leadership and in charge of the CAL said; “The Conference has managed to deliver a wide range of subject matter related to leadership in the digital age through experts across the leadership business area. We are please that we had an even range of ranks attending the event from Private soldiers through to Generals and this has led to some interesting questions and discussions for the team to consider post conference”.

Major General Paul Nanson CBE said; “I took many points away from today and many of them led to further questions. How can we be better prepared and what are the lessons we need to identify to improve our leadership skills? We need to adapt as more data streams become available. We need to empower the younger people of our organisation but should not presume they fully understand the latest technology, we should look to train them better. I would also like to encourage more of our soldiers and officers to get involved with the Centre of Army Leadership across all ranks. Leadership has always been important, but it is key that we develop leadership training and guidance for the Army in the digital age."