Every week the officers in our command get together and spend 20-30 minutes on personal and professional development training. It is a time of discussion where we view a short video or read a short article and then discuss how we can use that information to make ourselves better, our command better, and our Navy better; in that order. The training also gives me the opportunity to learn from the collective and share my thoughts and prospective from 20 years of hard won experience.
This weeks training was on the Naval Proceedings article Receive the Gift of Leadership by Major Margaret M. Seymour, USMC
Major Seymour takes a different approach on her leadership article and starts by asking “If leadership is all about sacrifice, then who would want to be a leader?” She then turns and focuses on the benefits not on the lead, but the leader. She then discusses how leadership gives meaning, helps build a legacy, and improves self.
Below are our discussion questions.
- What are some of the greatest “gifts” you have received from being a leader?
- How have you developed as a person by being a leader?
- They say that if you really want to learn a subject you must first teach it. Does this apply to leadership? Ie. Practicing leadership helps you become a better leader.