The Naval Academy has produced many great Navy and Marine Corps military leaders. All the midshipmen receive the same high-level leadership education and training. So why do some junior officers develop into better leaders than others?
Having been around many Navy leaders in my youth, I learned to appreciate that leadership development is a life-long journey, not a destination. Those who succeed possess the qualities to do the following: actively search for knowledge on their own, observe and learn from proven leaders, seek the most challenging positions in which to apply and develop their skills, and pursue feedback to improve on mistakes and capitalize on successes.