EP: 132: Becoming an Exceptional Leader with Capt. Michael Abrashoff
What a conversation with NY Times Best Selling Author, Captain Mike Abrashoff! He wrote “It’s Your Ship!”. I highly recommend for anyone wanting to be a better leader in their life or workplace.
Mike Abrashoff became the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific fleet responsible for the U.S. Navy Destroyer ship (USS Benfold) at 36 years of age.
The challenges of this ship were many and few believed it could be turned around. One year later they were “The best damn ship in the Navy!” using the exact same crew. How did he do it? This naval commander shares some of his most important leadership ideas that impacted his ship’s journey to being the best.
These are the exact same ideas you can use to win in life!
We chat about:
✔️Learning to manage up
✔️Importance of trust
✔️Leading by example
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2:04 LEADERSHIP:What Mike believed about leadership as he took command of the ship.
4:00 CULTURE: Mike knew he needed to do things differently from the traditional Navy culture. He realized that there was nothing from stopping him from changing it.
5:00 CONFIDENCE: Mike shares his point of view on the importance of having it in being a leader.
7:38 MANAGING UP: How do you do it well? He shares a great story of how to help your boss.
12:36 CONNECTION: Mike shares how interviews with his crew began as a way to know names turned into serving a higher leadership purpose.
17:20 TRUST : If there is no trust , you will never have a high performing organization.
21:10 LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Mike shares the powerful story of officers eating last.
24:45 EGO: How did Mike get out of his own way to lead his ship?
25:28 INTUITION: What role does it play in leadership?
27:08 LEGACY: True legacy is determined a year later dependent on whether what you built is sustainable.
29:00 Mike’s parting message for leaders.
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