promptly if the person did something wrong in
public; by remaining silent you will appear to
condone the individuals wrong doings. If you
humiliate the individual in front of others, you
may lose the benefit of the reprimand. Convincing
the person of the fairness of the reprimand is
easier if you talk to the person in private. Some
of the main points you might want to bring up
during a reprimand are what was done wrong,
why it was wrong, and suggestions on how to
improve. After a warning, treat the individual as
though nothing happened, but watch for results.
Once you have taken the proper steps but have
seen no signs of improvement, refer the problem
to your leading petty officer, leading chief petty
officer, or division officer. Follow three guidelines
1. Provide feedback to subordinates on in-
appropriate appearance, behavior, or per-
2. Hold subordinates accountable.
3. Discipline appropriately.
Leadership is the ability to direct and motivate
people on a person-to-person basis toward mission
accomplishment. Superior performers use this
skill more often, in more situations, and with
better results than do average performers.
The leadership skill group involves four skills:
3. Team building
4. Developing subordinates
holding back an impulse to say or do something
inappropriate in any given situation. Self-control
does not mean you never get angry; it does,
however, mean if you become angry, you control
the anger. Think before you respond to people
or to a situation, and then respond appropriately.
Be aware of situations that trigger you to respond
with an emotional outburst.
An outstanding leader controls impulses,
suppresses rage, controls emotional involvement,
and remains calm in potentially explosive
situations. Maintaining self-control helps you to
identify and weigh facts before deciding on a
course of action.
Self-control also means controlling the urge
to do it all yourself. That is a common mistake
among new petty officers. They try to run the
whole division by themselves by filling every role
except that of a supervisor.
Self-control is the basis for leadership skills
that require the skillful use of influence. As part
of being an effective leader, exercise self-control
in the following ways:
1. Hold back any impulse to say or do
2. Do not show anger.
3. Decide only after identifying and weighing
all the facts.
4. Control the urge to do it yourself;
instead make personnel responsible for
assigned tasks by supervising.
INFLUENCING. An effective leader is
skilled at influencing others. Influencing is the
ability to persuade and convince others to accept
your ideas. You can influence subordinates by
sharing information and plans with them and
setting a personal example.
New petty officers often use flattery to gain
popularity. However, gaining popularity does not
gain you respect; you must earn respect by gaining
the confidence of your people. One way you earn
your subordinates respect and confidence is by
conducting yourself properly in the daily routine
of work. The same applies when ashore on liberty.
Set a good personal example by refraining from
the use of foul language and other actions that
would bring discredit to you and the Navy.
Influence your personnel to commit them-
selves to the Navys mission. Show them how they
benefit from their work. You will earn the respect
and trust of your subordinates when they know
your exercise of authority is for the good of the
Another way of influencing your subordinates
is by sharing information and plans with them.
People always want to know whats going on.
Sharing information with them relieves their
anxieties and improves their morale. Common
information you can share (as long as it is within
the bounds of security) includes updates on ship
movements, berth changes, and deployment
schedules. That type of information will give your
subordinates the opportunity to change their own
plans, and they will appreciate the heads up. By
showing your concern for their welfare, you
influence your subordinates to trust you. Alert
subordinates of upcoming drills, upkeep periods,
inspections, and so forth, to give them time to
prepare for them. That will promote a sense of