Military v Civilian leadership – whats the difference?


What if your leaders are part of the culture problem? In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Jack Smith about the importance of leadership and how it differs between the military and civilian life. They discuss whether the military values lived experience and promotion from within, while some civilian companies tend to prioritise external recruitment and experience.

During the conversation, Jack discusses the importance of recognising individual reactions to stress and burnout, and how military leadership skills can be applied in civilian environments. He also mentions the leaders acronym and the importance of values-based leadership in both military and civilian settings.

Listen to this conversation where they discuss the importance of humility in leadership, particularly in the military. Jack and Judith explore how military leadership training can impact civilian leadership styles, with a focus on empathy and decision-making in challenging environments.

Having served in the British Army for 10 years, Jack now trains reserve soldiers as a leader and instructor whilst working in his civilian life as a logistics manager. Jack discusses how his military leadership training has both helped and hindered his leadership style in his ci

Maverick leadership is all about thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. It’s about having the courage to take risks and the confidence to lead in a way that is authentic and genuine.

But amplifying your influence as a leader isn’t just about having a strong vision or a big personality. It’s also about having the right leadership capability and being able to execute on your ideas and plans.

The consequences of not having the right level of influence as a leader can be significant. Without the ability to inspire and motivate others, you may struggle to achieve your goals and make a real impact.

How Influential Are you? Take the scorecard at and see. 

Jack Smith can be found on LinkedIn here.

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