Recently I attended a Leadership and Elite Performance Masterclass hosted by the University of Cumbria.
The event was presented by Floyd Woodrow MBE. Floyd was one of the youngest soldiers ever to be selected for the SAS and served with them for over 20 years. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal, an extremely high level award for bravery for his services in Afghanistan and has served in many different operational areas globally, including – Head of Strategic Planning and Operations United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) Counter Terrorism Wing. After leaving the armed forces Floyd went on to study law and psychology, this coupled with his extraordinary experiences and skills have provided him with unique insights and abilities which he now uses to help others become better leaders.
Floyd is currently the Chairman and CEO of Chrysalis Worldwide – the world’s leading values-based performance optimisation organisation which has and continues to coach elite international athletes and sporting teams, the world’s leading banks, financial services companies, governments, educational institutions, police forces, emergency services and international corporations on all aspects of elite performance and leadership.
During the presentation Floyd covered a number of different topics emphasising the different approaches to leadership which can be used, along with techniques to improve your own approaches which included how to influence without authority and how to make decisions under pressure. He used his amazing life experiences to explain different type of situations he had faced while in Afghanistan. He then went on to explain how to connect people and teams, demonstrating with excellent examples on how we all see situations differently, guiding us on how to lead with clear strategies.
Floyds presentation was brilliant and his aim was for everyone to achieve peak performance where possible in life, one of his quotes were ‘if your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough’ which we can all apply to our day to day lives.
Thank you to the University of Cumbria for hosting such an inspiring masterclass and the opportunity to learn from such an amazing individual.