January 02, 2021

Captain David Marquet, Captain of USS Santa Fe – inspiring leadership interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE

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David realised the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned his ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.

L. David Marquet, Author

David is one of my favourite authors.

Former Naval Captain of USS Santa Fee Submarine Student of leadership and organisational design, former nuclear submarine Commander, and named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine. David is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: Turn the Ship Around!, and The Turn the Ship Around Workbook. David’s recently released book, Leadership is Language, is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. David imagines a workplace where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control of their work in a place where everyone is a leader.

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Captain David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader.

After being assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe, then ranked last in retention and operational standing, he realised the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned his ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.

After Captain Marquet’s departure from the ship, the Santa Fe continued to win awards and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility, including ten subsequent submarine captains. Further, having been on the ship, Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organisation he’d ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Author of Turn the Ship Around! Fortune magazine called the book the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.”

www.davidmarquet.com
Specialties: leadership development, process improvement, human resources, management

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