Leadership is a process that is involved with social influence whereby a person solicits the aid as well as support from other people in an attempt of accomplishing a common desired task.
To lead, you must first be able to follow; without followers, there can be no leader. Leadership is defined as the art of influencing people to progress toward the accomplishment of a specific goal.
My leadership philosophy is driven by personal example, good leadership practices, and moral responsibility. As Senior Enlisted leaders we should be committed to developing subordinates and creating a culture with higher standards that all Sailors will be held accountable to maintain, as well train and mold junior officers. The command, mission, and personnel are always priority.
Every Sailor should take pride in the performance of their duties. Not only do we represent ourselves, but we represent the World’s finest Navy, the United States of America, and all those who have served. When a Sailor takes the oath of enlistment that individual has already bought into the Navy’s mission. Senior enlisted leaders set the example and the standard that junior Sailors should emulate. We uphold the integrity of the Sailors who have served and set the enviable example for others to follow. We need to ensure that we are doing the basics well. Uniforms, professionalism, and qualifications should always succeed expectations, we should teach our young Sailors to strive to exceed all expectations, even their own. Sailors are supposed to express the highest standards of accountability in their personal conduct is concerned and this is an expectation of the nation from the citizens. The personal as well as the professional conduct, decorum, integrity, along with accountability of Sailors are anticipated to transcend beyond criticism. Our civilian population judges the Navy on how they see us.
Good leadership practices start with respect. We must always be mindful that respect comes with rank and is automatically given with authority; however a good leader recognizes that you have to earn respect and confidence of personnel working for you by setting a good example. Lead your Sailors, don’t drive them; treat everyone with dignity and respect. It is the duty of every man and woman in the United States Navy to join together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.
Moral responsibility is the key to leadership and is the emphasis we place on personnel to make moral and mental decisions to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even when faced with temptation and adversity. The implication of this is a an expression of honesty in addition to truthfulness in all our endeavors, acknowledgement of responsibility along with accountability for our deeds, expression of high moral standards in decision making, the one that contradicts the simple way out, coupled with admit that we are ingredient of a dedicated team devoted to achievement of positive change together with continuous improvement. Abandoning these values will occasionally put us at awkward situation in relation to our peers together with others in the confines of chain of command. On some circumstance we are likely to encounter some appealing complex decisions but we are obligated to make them. It is very important as Senior Leaders that our personal moral values align with the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
Finally, we should ensure that the mission remains the main focus. The main focus supports prompt and sustained combat operations. Success comes through realistic training. And most importantly we must remember that we are part of a family of seagoing warriors, aviation support, expeditionary warfare, and Special Forces; Therefore we must be mindful that we are worthy of the reputation that we have inherited.