He said: “Never, ever command respect. Always earn it. A leader steps into the arena, and a great leader should never ask anyone to do anything that they haven’t done or they haven’t experienced.”
“Followship is just as important as leadership. It’s very important that you’ll know if you’re a great leader because you will have awesome followship. And the people behind you will take that burden of responsibility.”
“People behind you will take those problems with you. So it all goes down to how you lead; but I never went into there feeling that it was fully my responsibility because everyone has a responsibility and if you can share that, and halve that, then you’ll find that burden will be lightened. ”
Anthony Middleton was a point man/lead scout and also a primary fires operator and sniper. Prior to joining the SBS, Ant also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.
He is also a brand ambassador for Forces Cars Direct, the UK’s largest online company specialising in offering military discounts on new cars for all those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces.
Produced and filmed by David Ibekwe.