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Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet Review

Title: Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Author: L. David Marquet

First published May 16, 2013

272 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781591846406 (ISBN10: 1591846404)

Rating: 4.23


“L. David Marquet is a leader who revolutionized the way we think about leadership.

In Turn the Ship Around!, Marquet shares his journey as captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, and how he transformed a culture of followers into a culture of leaders. With poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet, Marquet knew he needed to make a change.

After giving an impossible order that highlighted the dangers of leading in a culture of followers, Marquet knew he needed to push for leadership at every level. Through his innovative leadership approach, Marquet’s crew became fully engaged and quickly rose from worst to first in the fleet.

Marquet’s approach to leadership can be applied to any business or position, creating a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier, and everyone is a leader. Turn the Ship Around! is a must-read for anyone looking to lead with intention and create a culture of success.”

About the Author

Imagine a world where everyone can utilize their full intellectual capacity, leading to increased happiness and health. A world where individuals have more control over their work and where everyone can be a leader.

This is the vision of David Marquet, a renowned author and expert in the field of leadership.

David’s bestselling books, including Turn the Ship Around!, the Turn the Ship Around Workbook, and Leadership is Language, have earned him acclaim from publications such as Fortune magazine, which hailed Turn the Ship Around! as the ultimate guide for managers on training, delegation, and execution.

With his revolutionary approach to leadership, David has helped transform followers into leaders through his concept of Intent-Based Leadership. To learn more about this groundbreaking approach, enroll in his free 1-minute leadership nudges today.

Editoral Review

In “Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders,” L. David Marquet presents a powerful lesson in leadership that is both practical and profound.

Published on May 16, 2013, this book is a must-read for anyone in a position of leadership or aspiring to become one. Marquet is a retired captain of the United States Navy and consultant on organizational design and leadership.

His book chronicles his experience as the commander of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine. Drawing on his experience, Marquet argues that leaders must shift from a command-and-control model of leadership to one that empowers their followers.

He demonstrates how he was able to turn a demoralized, low-performing crew into one of the most effective and empowered teams in the U.S. Navy. In his book, Marquet shares practical insights on how leaders can transform their organizations by focusing on empowering their followers.

He introduces a new model called “leader-leader” that emphasizes the importance of decentralized decision-making and autonomy for every team member. He also highlights the importance of creating a culture of excellence where everyone takes responsibility for their role and strives for continuous improvement.

Overall, “Turn the Ship Around!” is a well-written and compelling book that draws the reader in from the start. Marquet’s personal story of transformation is inspiring, and his insights on leadership are backed up by research and practical experience.

His writing is clear and engaging, making the book accessible to both leaders and non-leaders alike. One of the major strengths of the book is Marquet’s ability to illustrate his points with real-world examples.

He uses anecdotes and stories from his time on the submarine to demonstrate how the leader-leader model can be put into practice. His examples are relatable and memorable, ensuring that readers can apply the concepts to their own lives.

However, one of the weaknesses of the book is that it can be overly repetitive at times. Marquet tends to repeat himself, making some of the points feel redundant.

Additionally, while the book is practical and insightful, it may not be as entertaining for readers who are not interested in leadership or military stories. Overall, “Turn the Ship Around!” is an excellent book that should be on every leader’s reading list.

It is a fascinating look at how one leader transformed his organization by focusing on empowering his followers. The book provides practical insights that can be applied to any industry or organization.

For these reasons, the Washington Post gives “Turn the Ship Around!” a score of 4.5/5.