Review of ‘Turn the Ship Around’

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The best leaders, according to retired navy captain, David Marquet, work hard to turn their followers into leaders. Using his experience as commander of the nuclear sub, USS Santa Fe, a vessel that was rated at the bottom of the heap in the command to which it was assigned, Marquet shows how the traditional leader-follower style of leadership is counterproductive, and needs to be replaced with a leader-leader style.

In Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, Marquet details his realization that the leadership style he’d been taught in the navy was not getting maximum productivity out of his subordinates, or himself. He offers details on how he came to the conclusion that developing subordinates into leaders best serves in the present day when organizations are mainly involved in handling information.

His step-by-step transformation into a more effective leader, while shown from the perspective of a military commander in a unique situation, nevertheless offers universal truths and principles that can be applied, with appropriate modification, in any leadership situation.

Whether you’re embarking upon your first leadership job, or you’re an old hand at being ‘in charge,’ this is a book that should be in your reference library. Each chapter is followed by a series of questions you can ask yourself to aid in developing your leadership.

I received this book as a gift. I give it five stars.


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