Projects an ability to succeed, to reach
challenging goals, or to overcome ob-
SEEKS INFORMATION: Gathers data
from many sources to ensure actions have
potential for success.
PLANS: Sets goals and organizes own
and others work to accomplish these
MANAGES TIME EFFICIENTLY:
Develops ways of accomplishing multiple
goals in a limited amount of time.
ENFORCES HIGH STANDARDS:
Models, communicates, and upholds the
best criteria for performance.
PROMOTES GOOD WORKING RELA-
TIONSHIPS WITH THE CHIEF: Effec-
tively communicates with and delegates
work to the chief petty officer.
DEMONSTRATES CONCERN FOR
SUBORDINATES: Listens to subor-
dinates and works to meet their needs.
ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY: Shows
willingness to make difficult decisions and
face the consequences.
INFLUENCES: Motivates or persuades
others to act or to accept policy or
COMMUNICATES: Demonstrates verbal
and written skills in presenting ideas and
information to others.
PROBLEM-SOLVES: Analyzes situa-
tions to determine causes and acts to over-
come obstacles and reach solutions.
Leadership in the Navy is the process of
influencing people to effectively accomplish the
mission of the unit. Good leadership is essential
in todays military organization. Discipline must
be used in the military to reinforce the leadership
You may see your leadership role as encourag-
ing your people to assume personal initiative and
a more active role in meeting their job respon-
sibilities. This approach requires you to have
leadership skills in dealing with people to get them
to cooperate and willingly participate.
When you blend your personal leadership
skills with your official authority, you increase
the productivity of your group. Successful leader-
ship occurs when you cause your subordinates to
accept orders without any undue exertion of
authority or force on your part. To be a leader,
you must have followers; to be a good leader, you
must have willing followers.
A key concept of leadership is flexibility. You
must be flexible to deal with the many facets of
your job, such as job deadlines and the capabilities
of your people. Your leadership style should be
flexible enough to fit each situation.
For you to perform all work tasks yourself is
impractical and impossible; therefore, you must
depend on your people to a large degree to do a
good job. As you work closely with your people
to get a job done, you will quickly recognize the
need for cooperation and effort from your people.
Seek to know and understand your people. Try
to build a spirit of teamwork and high morale so
that they will willingly help you achieve the work
As a leader you can practice leadership in
many ways. You have several leadership styles to
choose from. No one leadership style is right or
wrong; the appropriate style depends on the
people being led, the situation, and the require-
ments of the job.
Remember, leadership is more than a list of
dos and donts. It is a frame of mind or an
attitude that you develop in dealing with people,
your responsibilities, and your role in the chain
Also remember that by applying the principles
of management, you can make sound leadership
decisions with skill and confidence. Good
managers come in many different forms and
manage with a variety of styles. Whatever your
personality, you can become a good manager. To
do so, you have to learn the techniques of good
leadership and concentrate on training yourself
to use them. You must realize that the job of
managing can be very satisfying for those who are
prepared to meet its challenges but frustrating for
those who have not mastered the basic leadership
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All Hands 857 (August 1988): 36-37.
Basic Military Requirements, NAVEDTRA
12043, Naval Education and Training Program
Management Support Activity, Pensacola,
Military Requirements for Chief Petty Officer,
NAVEDTRA 12047, Naval Education and
Training Program Management Support
Activity, Pensacola, Fla., 1992.