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e have an endless supply of books, articles, stories and even videos that discuss leadership and management available at our fingertips. It's a common goal we almost all strive for – to be a better leader. At the recent NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference, Mike Abrashoff shared some leadership tips from his years as the commanding officer of the USS Benfold, a US Navy destroyer. With a crew of 315 sailors, Abrashoff took command of a poorly performing ship with low morale. A year later, he was able to transform the ship by applying strategic leadership techniques, and turn it into the best ship in the Navy. The transformation began immediately when Abrashoff assumed command. As the crew cheered while the outgoing commanding officer disembarked the ship for the last time, he knew immediately that things had to change. He shared, "I'd never seen such a blatant display of disrespect by a crew for its outgoing captain. They were thrilled to see him leave." This was the signal that things on board had to be altered, and he'd have to modify his leadership style. W Leadership Skills in Management HUMAN RESOURCES "It's Your Ship" A Lesson in Organizational Transformation By Anne Lewis 30 PalletCentral • March-April 2018

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