Achieving Greatness by Giving Control and Creating Leaders

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(Sept. 6, 2013) Cmdr. Dave Stoner (second from left), commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61), and crew members observe their approach to Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob D. Moore/Released)

How many of you absolutely abhor being told what to do?

For those of you who ever served under an overbearing ship captain, or boss, it might have been the reason you changed jobs, but the concept of leadership is certainly more complicated than taking and receiving orders.  As retired U.S. Navy Captain David Marquet explains in the following video, it’s about creating an environment that empowers the members of an organization to think creatively and take psychological ownership of the mission at hand, whatever it may be.

It’s about “giving control and creating leaders, not taking control and attracting followers,” Marquet notes.

Captain Marquet was given the difficult task of taking command of the worst-ranked submarine in the U.S. Navy’s fleet and bringing the ship and crew back to excellence.  He did far more than that by not only becoming the top-ranked submarine crew, but by becoming the highest rated submarine crew ever.  It’s a classic story and one that has important take-aways for anyone in any organization.

It’s 10 minutes very well-spent: