Command Philosophy

  • Our most important and sacred responsibility is the privilege of leading American Sailors. Leading Sailors and civilians, and being charged with the responsibility of their professional development, and their lives, is an awesome trust. Our people must understand what is important because, ultimately, this will become important to them. No organization can progress without this framework and, more importantly, it must be understood and practiced by all leaders within this Command. This command philosophy is a framework which will guide how I operate in all environments.

    For any command philosophy to work, it must be lived daily. It must stand on its own merits and be easily understood by all. It must be the basic leadership standards which guide the organization. We must always keep in mind the importance of establishing high yet realistic standards. High standards lead to professionalism, and professionalism should always be the hallmark of this Command.

    I will focus my tenure on two main objectives:

    1. By the 6 Pillars. We will accelerate meeting standards and high reliability through adoption of the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program's 6 Pillars:
         Integrity, Procedural Compliance,Questioning Attitude, Forceful Back-up, Formality, and Level of Knowledge.
    2. Leadership. Based on the views of Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, one of the Navy's most legendary leaders, and his views of the true qualities of a leader:
    - Moralist: Having a commitment to a personal code of ethical conduct.
    - Jurist: Demonstrating the ability to establish policy which can be implemented and obeyed in the most difficult of circumstances.
    - Teacher: Being an example of self-discipline and sensitivity to others with balanced perspective, creating organizational pride, job satisfaction, and a motivational climate.
    - Steward: Being an example of personal commitment and an example to others in the maintenance of standards and loyalty.
    - Philosopher: Showing the ability to reason, explain the essence of reality, and recognize the need for forethought in dealing with uncertainty.