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A Primer on Leadership for the Junior Sea-Service Officer
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781612512129
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: Current
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Subject: Leadership
  • Date Available: March 2013
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~ Praise for Saltwater Leadership ~

“Admiral Wray has produced a useful compilation of leadership advice for junior officers learning how to lead and how to get things done…”


"The book is divided into ten simple and relatively stand-alone chapters with four appendices.  In keeping with the simplicity of the book, Rear Admiral Wray writes chapters using leadership lists, leadership stories, leadership advice, and advice from senior leaders.  He concludes with advice on ‘becoming the leader you want to be’, followed by appendices detailing study-practise-observe-mentor techniques, recommending 35 leadership books, and describing leadership traits, attributes, advice and rules.  Finally, RADM Wray has captured a thought on leadership that many ADF leaders could aspire in asserting that ‘[t]he only time a leader should raise their voice is to save a life, either others or their own’.  Ultimately, Saltwater Leadership provokes even the most senior leaders to reflect on their own leadership, while simultaneously helping to guide young leaders as they enter a career in the ADF."

– Australian Defence Force Journal

"Incorporating hundreds of pithy but really good examples of incidents that really make a leader, the author has picked the brains of 380 senior sea-going officers.  Above all, the examples they have provided show the value of humanity.  Of great value to a much wider audience than that for which it was originally intended."

– Ausmarine Magazine (Australia)

“Highly recommended, especially for anyone with aspirations to become an officer in the Navy.”

– The Midwest Book Review


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“I wish I had owned this book when I was a junior officer at sea.  I hope you'll read it, and be a better officer for it.  Our nation needs that.”

— President George H. W. Bush, LTJG, USNR

"Saltwater Leadership is more than a terrific, relevant leadership primer for young officers.  It’s a worthwhile read regardless of seniority and a book to be perused often as a valuable, practical leadership course check."

— ADM Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), Former Chief of Naval Operations

Designed for busy junior officers in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine, this primer teaches the basics of leadership in five sequential steps. It begins with a useful overview of major leadership studies, followed by an informative summary of the wisdom of 380 senior sea-going officers regarding those leadership attributes required of the junior officer. One chapter includes sea stories from officers of varied backgrounds, each offering a leadership lesson that was learned the hard way. Along with this sage advice from experienced sea-service officers, the book offers a final chapter that helps readers build personalized plans to improve their own leadership skills. Such a practical guide is certain to turn young officers into successful leaders.

RADM Robert O. Wray Jr., USN (Ret.), a 1979 Naval Academy graduate, served as a nuclear engineer on surface ships and later enjoyed a varied civilian career.  He recently held the position of president of the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey until his transition from the Navy in October of 2013.  Wray has founded Blue Star Service Solutions, Inc., a company dedicated to providing telemedicine solutions to American veterans population.  He also does speaking and consulting through his company, Arcturus Leadership.  Wray was awarded the U.S. Naval Institute's 2013 General Prize Award Winner--Third Prize--for his June 2013 Proceedings article, "The Utility of a Three-Tiered Navy."


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