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A long shadow: war, mental health and leadership | Ash Judd | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

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London Business School student and Australian Army Officer Ash Judd explores the topic of leadership. Through his personal struggle with mental health following a the war in Afghanistan, Ash explains how we should make our leadership about the led, and not about the leader. Ash Judd served as an officer in the Australian Army for 9 years. After completing an honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney he decided on a dramatic career change and attended the Royal Military College-Duntroon to gain his commission as an officer in the infantry. Ash commanded a Platoon of approximately 50 men on combat operations in Southern Afghanistan for 9 months in what was the proudest, hardest and most formative experience of his life. He learned about leadership, grace under pressure and that Tabasco Sauce is pivotal in making dehydrated food edible. He was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service for leadership in action as a result of his performance in combat. Ash’s first passion is advocating for veteran’s health, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Close behind are travelling with his wife, Eliza, rugby, football, cricket and just generally being around and in the ocean. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx