Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest
Whether completing underway replenishments or firing weapons, when it comes to leading as a division officer, rely on the basics and you will succeed.
Having "grown up" in the peacetime Navy, I found it a stark transition to return from shore duty to a fleet at war. Ship schedules are classified, force protection is near its highest alert, and deploying ships are firing in anger because our homeland has been attacked. The country is rallying in a way we have not seen since World War II. As I prepared to join my ship as a department head, I focused on leadership.
In books, leadership often is presented as a laundry list of attributes. The Naval Institute's Command at Sea, The Naval Officer's Guide, and the Division Officer's Guide address leadership in this manner. Periodicals such as Proceedings carry discussions of philosophies. Leadership training at the Surface Warfare Officer's School adds analyses of different styles of leadership, but most of the class time is spent sharing anecdotes about particular situations.