Captain David Marquet was the commander of the nuclear submarine Santa Fe.
Jurgen Klopp is the manager of Liverpool football club.
Richard Branson is the entrepreneur who founded Virgin Group.
What do these three leaders in very different circumstances have in common?
1) They are all very successful. Captain Marquet turned the Santa Fe from the worst performing submarine in the US Navy into the best. You may have noticed that Jurgen Klopp has just led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years. Richard Branson’s Virgin Group controls over 400 companies.
2) They are authentic. They each have a strong sense of purpose and clear philosophies of leadership based on their values. This means that people find them to be genuine, transparent and consistent.
3) And the third thing? Well, here are three quotes, one from each leader:
a) “My confidence is big enough that I can really let people grow next to me. That’s no problem. I need experts around me.”
b)“Don’t take control and attract followers, give control and create leaders.”
c) “Your company should act as a springboard for ambitious employees, not as a set of shackles.”
(You might like to see if you can match the quote to the leader; answers at the end of the blog.)
David Marquet, Jurgen Klopp and Richard Branson all know that the leader cannot have all the answers and tell everyone else what to do. They all create the right environment for individuals to contribute ideas, take responsibility and play their part in delivering exceptional performance.
If this works in a nuclear submarine, a football club and a business empire, surely it would work in your business too.
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Quotations: a) Jurgen Klopp; b) David Marquet; c) Richard Branson