Supporting leadership development.

Be part of a business and veteran community, that will be there to advise and support you throughout your career.

We'll help you build confidence for your first job and enhance your skills for future endeavours..

Free membership offer.

We understand that the transition can be challenging.  That's why we're offering 12 months free membership to all personnel who have left the service and are in their first 6 months as a civilian

If you qualify, contact [email protected], to get the offer code.


Membership gives you more.

  • Gain lived experience from a community that will support you throughout your career.
  • Build your network with our Business & Veteran community of over 50,000 leaders across all sector.
  • Get professional recognition with letters after your name & a sharable digital credential.
  • Identify your strengths and areas of development with the award-winning MyLeadership platform covering five core dimensions of great leadership.
  • Develop your leadership skills with access to more than 300 hours of (CPD) learning content from a trusted, credible source, which allows you to work at your own pace.
  • Gain access to a business mentor at any time to help validate your military skills and plan the next stage of your leadership journey.
  • Evidence your commitment to leadership with MyLearning Record, a place to record all CPD and personal development.  



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Military Rank Equivalencies

The Institute of Leadership recognises military ranks and has mapped them to membership grades, according to levels of achievement, experience and qualifications.
We have also mapped military training courses to City & Guilds / ILM qualifications. This means that, if you don’t have formal management-related qualifications, you can still join The Institute, at a membership grade that recognises your achievements and/or military training.


Associate Member (AIoL)

  • You need to be leading and managing teams/resources to positively deliver results, for up to 1 year.
  • Typically this maps to these current or previous ranks - Leading Hand; Corporal; Lance Corporal; Senior Aircraftman; Sub Lieutenant; Lieutenant; Flying Officer; 2nd Lieutenant; Able seaman; Junior Seaman; Private
  • Fees: £140 per annum (Free of you qualify for the offer)


Member (MIoL)

  • You need to be leading and managing teams/resources to positively deliver results, for a minimum of 1 year
  • All military ranks can apply for Member grade.
  • Fees: £140 per annum (Free of you qualify for the offer)


Fellow (FIoL)

  • You need to be a senior leader operating at a strategic level for a minimum of three years who wants to help others become successful leaders, PLUS,
    • EITHER a mapped military rank (see below)
    • OR hold a level 7 qualification
    • OR an Institute Approved programme 
    • OR evidence your experience with 3 years of CPD 
  • Typically this maps to current or previous rank of Warrant Officer (WO1 or equivalent), Commander, Lieutenant Colonel, Wing Commander, and all ranks above
  • For all qualification criteria, you will need to provide a sponsor who can validate your experience​​​​​​.
  • Fees: £165 per annum (£25 in your first year, if you qualify for the offer)


Got a question? Check out our FAQs  

Get your offer code from [email protected]
or contact us on +44 (0)1543 266886

I've only been a Fellow for a few months but already (whether you are job hunting, networking, or for professional development) the events I've attended, the information I've learnt, and the very many interesting people I've met, has made my membership hugely worthwhile.

- John Ward MSc, MBA, FIoL. Global Health Security Consultant | Public Health Risk and Protection Specialist Centre

Hear from our members who served in the military.

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Lt Col Keith Spiers FIoL

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Giles Woodhouse FIoL

After transitioning from the military to civilian office, Giles explains how he used coaching to adjust his leadership style, so he could adapt to a more diverse workplace culture. 

Read Giles' story

Rob Phayre FIoL

Rob shares his unique experience that all began in the British Army as a helicopter pilot, and ended in Africa, working for a global energy company. 

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