The Right Tools in your Toolbox
By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy
During 26 years in the Navy and a total of 9 ships and staffs, I experienced a broad scope of leadership styles and collected a series of ideas that served me well in motivating and recognizing sailors and helping them achieve their goals. Another former commanding officer told me with great astuteness that it is just as important to “Catch ’em doing something right”—and tell them so. My time at sea having recently drawn to a close, this is a good moment to share some of these tools with a younger generation of leaders. Readers may already have encountered most, but perhaps a few are new and can make a difference.