LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISION
Todays Navy operates with fewer people and
resources than before. Therefore, good leadership is
more important than ever. You may think that because
you are nonrated, leadership doesnt apply to you.
Youre wrong! Learn as much as you can about
leadership. Your leadership skills will have a strong
impact on your Navy career and your personal life. It
doesnt matter whether youre an apprentice, a chief
petty officer, a division officer, or a commanding
officer; you will assume responsibility and exercise
authority within the chain of command. As you advance
to higher rates, youll assume more authority and
responsibility as a leader. Now is the time for you to
learn about leadership.
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP
Learning Objectives: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Recognize the purpose of followership and
Identify the fundamentals of leadership,
including core values.
The Navy defines leadership as the art of
influencing people to progress towards the
accomplishment of a specific goal. Leadership occurs
when one person influences other people to work
toward a definite goal.
Leadership is based on personal example, good
management practices, and moral responsibility. Every
person in the Navy must set an example of military
ideals and give personal attention and supervision to
personnel below them in the chain of command.
You can determine your leadership ability by
Examining your conduct
Reviewing your duties and responsibilities
Determining how well youre performing
If you dont measure up to Navy standards, take
steps to raise your performance level as well as the
performance of the personnel who work for you.
ELEMENTS OF LEADERSHIP
Youve heard the expression leaders are born, not
made or that persons a born leader. Forget these
phrases; no one is a born leader. Many people are
natural leaders because of their strong, magnetic
personality or because of their natural ability to learn
rapidly (fast). However, such people are the exception,
not the rule. Because leaders arent born, they must be
made (trained). There are three elements that make an
effective Navy leader:
1. Moral principles
2. Personal example
3. Administrative ability
Moral principles include honesty, integrity, and
loyalty. These principles of human conduct provide
direction, solidity, and consistency to leadership.
The key to leadership is the emphasis you place on
personal moral responsibility. You show personal moral
responsibility by being honest and loyal. Your
shipmates see those traits as your moral character. And a
strong moral character influences others in a positive
Leading by personal examples goes along with
moral responsibility. Effective leaders have many
different leadership traits, such as know-how, sincerity,
and courage. Which trait is the most important is a
To lead, you must first be able to follow; for without followers,
there can be no leader.