Authoritative Voice

Do you lead your IT teams with military precision? According to retired U.S. Navy Captain L. David Marquet, author of the new book, "Turn the Ship Around! How to Create Leadership at Every Level" (Greenleaf Publishing Group/Available in August), CIOs and other leaders can learn a lot about how to command teams from military matters. Marquet was able to help turnaround the low morale and poor performance of the crew of the USS Santa Fe when at port in Pearl Harbor. As commander, he avoided the traditional top-down management style favored in the military, and sought innovative ways to empower and engage the crew. He realized that he couldn't be an effective leader unless he provided his charges with opportunities to think and act like leaders themselves. After Marquet's makeover, the US Santa Fe won multiple performance awards, including the esteemed Arleigh Burke Award for the most improved ship in the Pacific. The book features a forward by the late Stephen R. Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

This article was originally published on 07-25-2012
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