matter of opinion. However, if you show weakness in
any trait a worker thinks is important, you lose that
Respect isnt automatically given to a leader
because of authority. You have to earn respect and
confidence of personnel working for you by setting a
good example. Lead your workers; dont drive them.
Administrative ability is more than maintaining
logs, records, and other paper work. Administrative
ability is another term for good management practices.
Good management practices include the ability to
organize, manage, and work with people. Learn to apply
a personal touch in dealing with your workers. Always
remember, everyone wants to be treated as an individual
who has worth. Emphasize each persons importance in
getting a job done.
When youre the leader of a group, part of your job
is to give orders. Give orders that are simple, clear, and
complete; and make sure that everyone understands
whats to be done.
A good order makes the following facts clear:
Whats to be done.
When to do it.
Then, as circumstances require or permit, you may
add the following information:
How to do it.
Why it must be done.
How you give an order is important. The way you
speak is important. Speak in a tone that shows you
mean business. When you act as though you expect
the job to be done well, it usually will be. With
experience and when you closely follow the rules for
giving an order, youll develop an effective technique
for giving orders.
Praise and Reprimand
Learn when to praise and when to reprimand. Your
workers do better work when they know that you
appreciate their efforts. Tell them you appreciate their
work; thats the only way theyll know. When a person
does more than required, show your approval. If
possible, show your approval in front of the other
At times, youll have to reprimand. You probably
dont like to do that, but warning and reprimanding are
part of your responsibility as a leader. Remember, the
purpose of a reprimand is to teach, not to embarrass.
Therefore, give reprimands in private. Always be sure of
your factsthe person may have a reason for the
behavior that led to the reprimand. Tell the person what
was wrong and why it was wrong. Then explain how the
person can improve.
Remember to do the following:
Praise in public.
Reprimand in private.
Morale means different things to different people. If
you ask your shipmates about their morale, youll get
different answers. For example, a person whos just
been promoted will tell you morale is high. However, a
person whos just been restricted will tell you morale is
Keeping morale high helps accomplish the Navys
mission. The Navy realizes the need for high morale;
therefore, several ongoing programs are conducted to
meet the need. These programs include moral and
spiritual guidance, educational opportunities, and
personal affairs counseling. Encourage your shipmates
to take advantage of these programs.
Organized recreation programs, such as ball games,
organizational parties, picnics, and sightseeing tours,
contribute to good morale. They bring members of the
organization together. Let your people know about all of
your organizations recreational programs and
activities. Showing interest in your peoples welfare and
morale helps keep morale high.