David Marquet is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former nuclear submarine Commander and served in the U.S. Submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the USS Santa Fe–then ranked last in retention and operational standing–he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the 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.
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