Turn the Ship Around!
Updated: Feb 22
Yesterday, I finished a book that forced me to reconsider my favorites list. I'm not sure that it replaced my #1, but it is easily in the Top 3.
The reader is urged to think beyond the common hierarchical structure of the leader-follower relationship. Marquet uses his experiences as a U.S. Navy Submarine Captain to explain how the leader-follower structure is not only archaic: "a vast untapped human potential is lost as a result of treating people as followers."
Marquet champions, instead, a leader-leader approach that encourages "leadership at all levels" working together to achieve excellence.
Instead of leading a team of followers, who are passive, lacking initiative, and useless unless they have direct orders from a superior, he found ways to divest his own control and distribute it amongst the members of his crew, improve their levels of competence, and provide a clarity of vision.
By giving control, improving competence, and providing clarity, Marquet's unit was emancipated from the bonds of the leader-follower structure that they were used to, and achieved far beyond anybody's expectations.
Leadership is not a position of privilege, it is a position of great responsibility.
The best service a leader can provide to those they are charged with leading, in my opinion, is to prepare them to be great leaders in their own right.
This book provides a great example of what that looks like and how it can be accomplished.
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