Stuart Tootal Former Commander PARA3 in Afghanistan

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The author of the Sunday Times best seller ‘Danger Close – Leading 3 PARA in Afghanistan’, Stuart Tootal was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his outstanding leadership and gallantry for commanding the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) in Afghanistan in 2006. Colonel Tootal provides an exhilarating, moving and inspirational account of leading in adversity. Using dramatic audio-visual media, he builds on a candid and self-effacing portrayal of his experiences to focus on leadership, planning and decision making, team building and succeeding in challenging environments by placing an emphasis on the importance of organisational culture and ethos. His motivational presentation resonates with corporate audiences, as he draws on parallels with his contemporary experience as an MD in a leading blue chip company, which brings a battlefield to the boardroom perspective to his talks.

The first British unit to be sent into Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in 2006, 3 PARA’s mission was heralded as a peace support operation, but the Taliban thought differently. With 1,200 soldiers, Tootal held a disparate number of isolated locations against relentless attack in an area that two years later was held by ten times the number of NATO troops. Resources were stretched to breaking point and 3 PARA became engaged in an intensity of combat not experienced by the British Army since the Korean War.

The award of 32 gallantry decorations to 3 PARA, including a Victoria Cross and George Cross, are testimony to the ferocity of the fighting, management of extreme risk and the life and death decisions which Colonel Tootal had to make on a daily basis, as he led his people in the most challenging of environments.

Promoted on his return from Afghanistan and tipped as a ‘future head of the British Army’, Stuart also talks about the ethics of leadership and his own very personal decision to resign from a highly successful military career, in response to the poor treatment of his wounded soldiers on their return to the UK.


Leadership in Adversity

Accountability and Learning from Mistakes

Change Leadership

The Leadership Input and Importance of Reinforcing Culture

October 2010 . Derek Chisnall Commercial Director – Auditel (cost reduction consultants)
"Suffice to say the overwhelming view is that your slots were fantastic, inspiring, eye-opening, to mention just a few of the superlatives. You really delivered in a most engaging and professional way, having taken care to understand our franchise structure."

Trafalgar Partnership – Leadership Forum Client Event – January 2011.
"Thanks for last nights talk - it really was the best client orientated event that we have run - the response has been excellent."

"Thank you for a brilliant evening. Last night brought it all alive with a real feel of life at the front - and the pressures on the man in charge. My guests were in awe - and so was I."

Barclays Finance – April 2011 Nancy Mathey Senior Financial Controller
"I must tell you how inspiring the guest speaker – Stuart Tootal was, even though I was on dial in his passion, dedication and responsibility for his men was crystal clear. He is the true definition of a leader and how fortunate we are to have him work for our company."

"It was a great day! Stuart was very inspiring and the session was hugely enjoyed by all"