The Habit of Excellence: Why British Army Leadership Works

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A conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Langley Sharp on his new book, The Habit of Excellence, which examines over three centuries of the British Army's experience in the art, science and practice of leadership.


The British Army stands or falls on the quality of its leadership. This book explores questions that are fundamental to leaders in any area of life, including how to build trust and cohesion, achieve a balance between control and delegation, and deliver results in the face of adversity.

Lieutenant Colonel Langley Sharp is head of the Centre for Army Leadership at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Among his many varied roles, he has led a counterinsurgency taskforce operation, commanded a Parachute Regiment battalion, and delivered the Ministry of Defence's training programme for the London 2012 Olympics.

Lieutenant Colonel Sharp’s book, The Habit of Excellence: Why British Army Leadership Works, is published by Penguin in October 2021.

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