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More Leadership Wisdom from the Admiral

Every great leader has a deep motivation to make the world a better place.  Leading for position or money is the last thing on their mind, which is revealed in their behavior.

Building on last week’s blog, Vice Admiral Hoewing certainly reflects this motivation for a higher mission. His stories during the leadership discussion related how he spent much of his time engaging his team, walking through all levels of aircraft carriers from the flight deck to the engine room to the mess hall. Jerry spent time on the frontlines, making connections, building collaboration, and proliferating values. Jerry was repeating the mission, following up, and caring for his team.  Admiral Hoewing is a great leader and a great role model.

Here are more Words of Leadership Wisdom from the Admiral:

  1. A leader’s primary job is to make his/her team successful.
  2. Hardwire the organization through good goal setting.
  3. The glue that keeps it together is integrity, trust, and teamwork.
  4. Leaders must focus on things to lead the mission as well as on things the team needs.
  5. Have the humility to always give away the credit.
  6. Avoid silos by creating a climate where “self” is not acceptable, but only the team matters.
  7. Thank God for challenges because every challenge presents an opportunity.
  8. Step up to confront the issues, no matter what they are.
  9. Don’t wing it.
  10. Always be asking, “What can I improve?”
  11. The most successful organizations invest in their people.

A personal responsibility of every leader is to re-sharpen their leadership skills, as well as the skills of their teams. Admiral Hoewing’s leadership wisdom can help sharpen your leadership tools.

… And thanks Jerry, for making a difference in our world, and for your wisdom that still helps us now.
… And Pass It On!

Quote from Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing: “The health of any organization is dependent upon the leadership skills of the top.”

Admiral Hoewing Making a Difference

Admiral Hoewing Making a Difference

Special Thanks again to Dr. Steve Byrum, of The Byrum Consulting Group, for introducing me to the Admiral.

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Wise Leadership Principles from an Admiral

Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing (Ret) is an internationally recognized leader who rose to the top levels of the US Navy.  Vice Admiral Hoewing, or Jerry, as he prefers, started his Naval career piloting aircraft such as the F-14 Tomcat (yes, the Top Gun jet fighter!).  He rose to Commanding Officer of aircraft carriers and eventually to Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, with responsibility for assigning more than 370,000 Navy men and women with an annual budget of $35 billion.  Jerry’s leadership responsibilities were of a global scale and long lasting. His wisdom and demeanor certainly demonstrate the qualities of a role model for a leader.  Jerry led an inspiring discussion on leadership that I was privileged to participate in, which is summarized for you here:

  1. You, as leader, are being watched, especially your character, your attitude, and your example.
  2. To lead, the leader must first earn the respect of the people.
  3. Leaders set the climate and the culture.
  4. Culture is the collective action of leaders, which is what you, as leaders, do.
  5. Communicate, communicate, communicate, constantly. You can’t over-communicate.
  6. Care enough to know the people’s needs and concerns, by listening, interacting, walking around, being out there, and transforming words into actions.
  7. Know how to engage the world’s new instantaneous communication systems, like the social media, to the organization’s advantage.
  8. Bad news doesn’t get better with time.
  9. Make sure your people know that what they do matters.
  10. Know yourself – your strengths and weaknesses.
  11. The health of any organization is dependent upon the leadership skills of the top.

Your leadership influence goes far beyond any directives and actions you make as the boss.  Your team emulates your values, behavior, and focus, which can be good.  Be values-based, be out there on the frontlines, and be the kind of leader you respect.

Next week, more wisdom from the Admiral.
… and Pass It On!

Quote from Vice Admiral Jerry Hoewing: “Pick a good role model, and then be the kind of role model you would want to be for someone else.”

Vice Admiral Jerry Hoewing

Vice Admiral Jerry Hoewing

For more info on Admiral Jerry Hoewing leadership contributions to our country, go to this link: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=146

Special Thanks to Dr. Steve Byrum of The Byrum Consulting Group, for introducing me to Admiral Hoewing.

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