Leadership in the Sea Services is unlike leadership anywhere else. There are few more isolated places than the bridge wing of an independently deployed destroyer at night, hundreds of miles from land, 3,000 miles from home. This type of environment demands strong, ethical leaders capable of accomplishing the mission while taking care of their people. Though there are many different styles of leadership, each effective method can be broken down into a few common, cyclical, and symbiotic elements: trust, loyalty, and success.
The Cycle of Leadership
By earning trust, which builds loyalty among subordinates, commanders can ensure success.
By Lieutenant Matthew Farrell, U.S. Navy