I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet. Stephen R. Covey
Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet.
One day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was "Because you told me to." Marquet realised he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.
Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, this crew become fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet.
No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's approach to create and a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.
I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet. And in the pages that follow you will find a model for your pathway. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
To say I'm a fan of David Marquet would be an understatement.... I'm a fully fledged groupie. He is the kind of leader who comes around only once a generation. He is the kind of leader who doesn't just know how to lead, he knows how to build leaders. His ideas and lessons are invaluable to anyone who wants to build an organization that will outlive them. Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why
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