Jan. 25

Leadership from the battlefield: a soldier’s story

Leadership is sometimes hard to define, but it becomes crystal clear in times of uncertainty, of severe stress on the system, when that impossible situation, one that was completely unpredictable, throws everything into chaos.

It’s precisely during the hard times that true leadership thrives.

BMI Vilnius is hosting an online event with Joseph McMahon and Mark Moutarde – former soldiers and successful businessmen who now also work in consulting.

Date: February 4th


While building, training and leading military teams on operations in the most complex of environments, Mark and Joseph became comfortable with chaos and developed the kinds of leaders and structures that thrive in it to consistently achieve peak performance when it really matters.

During the event they will discuss:

  • How do you motivate people to a level of belief where they will knowingly put their lives at risk in pursuit of the mission?
  • What is the best leadership style in harsh environments and what qualities underpin it?
  • How do you not lose yourself and become overwhelmed when experiencing high levels of stress? What can you do to handle that pressure and demonstrate exceptional leadership?

The online event will take 1.15h. The Zoom link, together with the confirmation of your registration, will be sent shortly after registration. We look forward to seeing you online!

If you need more information on the event, please contact: Dagne Armonaite: +370 65025096, or Elze Pociute, +32 474 264551,

About the speakers

Mark Moutarde and Joseph McMahon are leadership practitioners who are passionate about discussing and developing leadership in others. A blend of military and business leadership experience has enabled them to identify and understand the core components of successful leaders and leadership, whatever the environment.

Both completed Army Officer training at the renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the best leadership academy in the UK, before joining an operational infantry battalion and leading soldiers on exercises and operational deployments worldwide.

Early in his career, Mark specialised in reconnaissance and surveillance before being selected from the top 5% of his peer group to return to Sandhurst as an instructor. There he turned university graduates into military leaders who immediately deployed on combat operations to Iraq and Afghanistan, successfully leading soldiers in hostile and deadly environments. Mark also attended Staff College upon promotion to the rank of Major, a course preparing officers for more senior leadership appointments in the military.

Joseph enjoyed a successful career as an infantry officer, particularly excelling during operational deployments where his personal leadership example was widely respected, as was his commitment and dedication to the mission and his team. In addition to his military duties, Joe was passionate about developing leadership through demanding and adventurous training activities, which included leading his battalion’s ski team and a difficult and demanding team expedition to the Arctic Circle.  

Mark and Joseph have both led in conflict and combat, including in Northern Ireland and Iraq, where Joseph was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service upon completion of a demanding deployment to Basra in 2003.

Since their time in the military, for more than ten years they have been successfully applying relevant military decision-making and leadership principles and practices to business, while also taking every opportunity to develop others into better, more successful leaders.


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