Many junior officers are reluctant to take on the challenge of writing, but effective communication is an essential leadership skill. (Shutterstock)
Writing is a critical skill lacking in the tool kit of many junior leaders, and many of them are unwilling or unable to take on the challenge of developing it. Unfortunately, the consequences are detrimental to the development of a more encompassing and essential leadership skill—communication. Thankfully, maturing a wardroom’s writing and communication skills can be easily promoted by senior leaders.
In their Division Officer’s Guide, Admiral James Stavridis and Rear Admiral Robert Girrier list five key competencies a division officer needs to be successful. The first—and most important—is communication. “You must develop your skills in speaking and writing every day,” they advise.1