How to earn respect and deal with big egos in a team that you're managing

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Business Insider UK spoke with Anthony Middleton, former Special Forces Operator and co-author of "SAS: Who Dares Wins" about how to earn the respect of others and to deal with big egos within a group.

He said; "How do I earn the respect of a group that I don't know? That's pretty simple. I go in with a voice of authority. I go in and I show them exactly why I'm their leader. When I give my first set of orders, I'm actually going to get involved with those first set of orders, I'm going to get in there, get my hands dirty."

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On handling people with big egos, the Former SBS Operator says: "I play to their egos, sometimes the best thing to do is let them learn from their mistakes. What I do is I slowly let them trip up, I'll slowly let them stumble, and then I'll take hold of them, break them down and build them back up to where they need to be. "

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.

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