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Royal Navy Way of Leadership
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2013
I read this book when the company I worked for started to formalise the behaviours they wished to set-out for future leaders. It seemed to me that the Navy was probably the longest running example of embedding the right culture, living by example and allowing those capable to do the right job. Don't be put off if you think it doesn't apply away from the services - the models and the lessons apply to any multidisciplined business and within our leadership team the oft heard comment when considering a course of action is now "What would the Navy do?". Recommended reading.
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on 22 February 2015
This is a cracking read, but it is a hash of people's quotes and opinions, so you have to consider that when you read it. I've found some very astute insights into the deep underpinning ethos of both Naval and Marine cultures, alongside brief touches onto the more practical aspects such as structuring of orders etc. However it's not a 'complete' book by any means, so you won't find all the answers in it. But I don't think such a book would be possible, so this book to me achieves its goal: it distils much of the wisdom from hundreds of military individuals of all ranks and roles, and presents that to you in a concise and clear format. It's then up to you to wrestle with that to take what you want and develop your own style and approaches from it. For me, the introduction and quotes are the real gems in this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
This is quite simply an essential guide to getting things done - as a member of the Senior Service I clearly recognise the examples provided throughout this book and aspire to delivering my leadership within the principles set out so helpfully here. Andrew St George's extensive research, with his willingness to live alongside those he was studying, has ensured the book captures the reality of leadership in all its facets encountered in the Naval Service. However, its usefulness goes well beyond the context of the Royal Navy, which is why I recommend it to anybody engaged in delivering an outcome that involves more than themselves; this book provides the essential guide rails to achieving team work at its best. Andrew clearly 'gets it' and, with his help and a bit of practice, so can you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2012
I am not, generally, in the habit of reading books on leadership. But I would urge anyone with a similar prejudice to put it aside for this volume. First of all, Mr. St. George is a wonderful writer whose prose is worth reading no matter his subject. And here he has found himself with one crackerjack leadership tale to tell. Banish all thoughts of cliched, aphoristic check-lists of how "to get the most from your team." The Royal Navy has had centuries to grapple with questions of tradition and innovation, structure and flexibility, on a scale that ranges from an office to an empire, and the stories and lessons Mr. St. George draws from this extraordinary history serve as nothing short of a masterclass on the subject of leadership. It is fascinating for its own sake, plenty of food for thought and -- I can't believe I'm saying this -- actually useful for anyone who leads or is led, in any walk of life. I suppose that is not surprising. Good ideas, honed by trial and error over countless generations, with stakes as high as life and death, tend to be worth our attention. And though very few of us will be rulers of the Queen's Navy, attention should be paid to this remarkable book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My job doesn't entail a lot of leadership so I'm not in the habit of reading books on the subject. Nonetheless, when I came across this one it caught my interest; the Royal Navy has been doing leadership in often difficult circumstances for a long time and should know a thing or two about how to go about it.
Andrew St George has written an interesting and comprehensive account of the Navy's way of doing things, starting with having clear objectives and ending up with motivation. It is richly illuminated by dozens of examples and insights from all ranks in the RN. Potentially a rather dry tome, it is in fact well written, very readable and not without humour. The book exemplifies its very subject matter - it has the clear objective of setting out for the reader, not a pile of management flim-flam, but exactly how the RN "does its thing", with enough background to help the reader work out how the principles might apply in his own endeavours. Well worth a read.
Oh, and the Kindle version is quite well formatted.
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on 7 March 2014
This has very helpful insight into leadership qualities and practical suggestions about how to plan and organise. It helpfully reminds us that leadership is based on relationships and behaviours and managing others will call upon these to get the task fulfilled.
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on 4 August 2014
The book itself is OK, but they do tell yiou to read it prior to your AIB so defo worth getting hold of!
Shipping was slow for me for whatever reason so I's recommend paying for express delivery.
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Looking forward to drawing some discipline and order to working relationships from this Naval inspired volume. As a lover of ships and also things naval this book promises great insight.
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on 16 February 2014
An excellent book which should be adopted by the various academic institutions as the bench mark for leadership standards today.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2012
Bought for a grandson about to sit his Admirality Board interview for admission to Navy
as officer cadet.
He has found it very useful in his preparation work.
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