Leading from the front

  • Inspirational stories from the frontline of leadership
  • Appreciate the importance of attention to detail
  • Push the boundaries of what you think is possible

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. He will share the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his exhilarating life and career.

Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.  To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline, all traits that make for the best leaders.

Ant will explore the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life and draw valuable lessons that we can all use to face the challenges in our own lives.

Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton is best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS : Who Dares Wins. In 2017, Ant captained a team of men, in Channel 4's re-enactment of Captain William Bligh's journey after the infamous 'Mutiny on the Bounty'. He also led teams of engineers as they attempted to build a vehicle in extreme environments, in Channel 4's engineering and survival based show 'Escape'. Ant joined the Special Boat Service (SBS) in 2008 and spent 4 years there. Prior to joining the SBS, Ant also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers – meaning that he achieved the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection). His book 'First Man In: Leading From The Front'  is published by Harper Non-Fiction and reached No. 1 on The Sunday Times Best Seller List.