Decision Making Under Pressure

Decision Making Under Pressure

In the second video to this series on Leadership, Mandy shares a story from when she led her first ever combat mission over Iraq, having to make quick and sharp decisions under intense pressure. Here she explains one of the most valuable lessons about leadership - The importance of empowering those around you.
Overview

Mandy recalls leading her first ever combat mission and the ensuing decisions she had to make under intense pressure. The overarching message of the story is that leadership is challenging and inspiring their followers with a sense of purpose and excitement, creating a vision of what they aspire to be, and communicating this idea to others.

Key learning objectives:

  • What decision-making model is taught in the military?

  • What are some examples of different leadership styles?

  • Why is it important to incorporate your team in all situations?

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Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Royal Air Force having joined in 1994. Mandy has over 25 years experience within aviation, operating in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone, flying over 50 combat missions over Iraq. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, leadership, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, Mandy now transfers these lessons from the cockpit to many other management and leadership contexts.

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