Note: This post is adapted from some posts that I originally created on Adobe’s blog while I was an employee there.
I recently finished reading former U.S. Navy Submarine Commander David Marquet’s book “Turn the Ship Around”.
It is a powerful story of learning what leadership means and the struggles Marquet had putting it into place in his role as commander of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763). Marquet proposes that Leadership should be defined as:
“Embedding the capacity for greatness in the people and practices of an organization, and decoupling it from the personality of the leader”.
The paradox is that more traditional leadership creates more unthinking followership; less top-down leadership creates more engaged leadership – at every level of an organization. [Read more…]