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The Centre for Army Leadership

The Centre for Army Leadership is the Army’s custodian of leadership debate, thinking and doctrine. The Centre conducts academic, evidential-based research, drawing on a network of Government (including other services), Academic, Business and other (national and international) partners to gain knowledge of wider experience and best practice.

Who we are

Based at Robertson house, Sandhurst, the Centre has both military and academic staff and works to Sandhurst’s Commandant in his role as the Army’s Director Leadership. It’s mission is:

'to institutionalise leadership excellence and keep the British Army at the forefront of leadership thinking'

It does this through 6 activities:

  • Explore and offer solutions to leadership challenges alongside government, military, business and academic partners.
  • Produce action-research papers investigating relevant leadership topics.
  • Act as guardian to the British Army’s Leadership Doctrine.
  • Act as a focus and library for the British Army’s academic leadership papers.
  • Provide leadership presentations and speakers to appropriate audiences.
  • Organise Army leadership conferences and speaker events.

What we do

The Centre runs events, publishes papers and distributes leadership articles on current topics and themes. As part of its mission to improve leadership in the Army and keep it at the forefront of leadership thinking, these events and publications aim to stimulate debate and discussion about leadership, not only amongst all ranks of the Army but also across the UK. We speak and provide advice on leadership and leadership development to Army units across the UK.

Our first theme, running from March to July 2017 is “Moral Courage and Human Behaviours in Leadership”. Our publications on this theme are linked on the right.


Join Us

The Centre is always looking for interested and motivated individuals to contribute to the leadership debate. These come from across the civilian sector and the Army, all ranks and all cap badges. Good leadership and good ideas come from every rank and if you would like to be involved, either by contributing ideas or joining the team, please get in touch or follow us on Twitter @Army_Leadership

Leadership Speaker Series

The CAL's Leadership Speaker Series brings international, national and British Army leaders and leadership thinkers to an Army audience. 

Speakers are researchers or practitioners in their fields and come to share their knowledge, ideas, research and experiences of leadership. It gives leaders the opportunity to ask subject matter experts their personal views on the practical application of leadership. Attendance by junior NCOs and officers is particularly welcomed.

Leadership Speakere Series


SO1 Leadership: RMAS-Gp-CAL-SO1Leadership@mod.uk

SO2 Leadership: RMAS-Gp-CAL-SO2Leadership@mod.uk

WO1 Leadership: RMAS-Gp-CAL-WO1Leadership@mod.uk

Director Research:  RMAS-Gp-CAL-SeniorResearcher@mod.uk

Enquiries: Army-CentreForArmyLeadership@mod.uk

Telephone: 01276 412602



The Centre for Army Leadership
Robertson House, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Camberley, Surrey
GU15 4NP

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