Author(s): L. David Marquet
Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet. One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realised he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Feskyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff- a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader. 'I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet.' Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
A top graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, L. David Marquet commanded the nuclear-powered submarine USS Santa Fe from 1999-2001. Santa Fe earned numerous awards for being the most improved ship in the Pacific and the most combat-effective ship in the squadron. Since leaving the Navy he has worked with businesses nationwide as a leadership consultant. He also teaches graduate level leadership at Columbia University andis a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.