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 personalised 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, a 1979 Naval Academy graduate, served as a nuclear engineer on surface ships and later enjoyed a varied civilian career. Currently, he is president of the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.