Often, books on leadership and business create an ‘easy to follow’ roadmap for leadership success (e.g., the 10 steps to success), and suggest the process is simple if you follow the steps.
1. Often, books on leadership and business create an ‘easy to follow’ roadmap for leadership success (e.g., the 10 steps to success), and suggest the process is simple if you follow the steps.
Yet, maybe leadership isn’t as easy as these books lead us to believe. With this is mind, critique at least one aspect of David Marquet’s approach to leadership as discussed in his book, Turn the Ship Around. Is there one or more aspects in his approach that you find troubling, have doubt, or that you disagree with?
Explain. Even if you don’t disagree with anything, play the devil’s advocate in identifying one or more aspects to critique. What change or advice would you offer? Draw on any relevant knowledge from your course readings, experience, personal examples, etc. to reinforce your argument.
2. You be the professor! Develop a theory or model of leadership that incorporates two or more of David Marquet’s leadership ideas, at least one theory from your text “Leadership Theory and Practice” by Northouse, as well as your own experience and ideas.
NOTE: if you have a picture/diagram of your model, put on a separate page that will not count against the page limits. Provide a rationale and justification for your model. What are the strengths of the model? Is it testable & falsifiable (easy to confirm/disconfirm)? Limitations?
Your answer should be part of your narrative. If you were to write a book on your model, what would you title it? NOTE: It is insufficient to identify an existing theory/model, without providing some extension to it, enhancement of it, or integration with other theories/models.
If you have citations, put those on a separate page (page limit applies to narrative only).
David was in the Navy for 28 years and he was ultimately selected to be captain of a nuclear submarine. And it was during his time as a captain of the USS Santa Fe that he changed his leadership style and that change led to him writing his first book.
What does David mean by “leadership is language’? He explains that while there are a lot of professions that require a person to work mainly with their hands, in leadership, because it is always about other people, leaders interact through words — face to face, emails, company statements, annual reports, etc…As he says, “the magic of leadership is that by changing your words you will change the world around you because if you ask a question a different way, you’ll get a different answer.”
In his book David gives six plays that all leaders should use to improve how their teams operate. He says a big problem with leaders today is that they are trapped in an industrial-age playbook. In the industrial age leaders gave commands and employees followed, and that was it. But that way of leading is no longer effective, it is outdated.
David also explains the uneven “share of voice” that happens inside of so many organizations. Inside of meetings leaders tend to talk the most, which is not good. It is something that leaders need to be aware of. He says, “As a leader, you don’t need to say a lot because you already know what you think and when you start talking, you’re anchoring the group.
Basically, the idea is you’re bringing them to your way of thinking, which is what you think you wanna do but it’s actually not. What you want to do is understand how they think and what they think, and at the end, you can decide what to do, whether you could do what they wanna do or what you wanna do, that’s fine. But it’s after uncovering what everybody thinks.”
What you will learn: