Leadership Lessons from the United States Naval Academy – The Five Basic Responses

As a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, I learned several powerful leadership tools that convey confidence, competence, and responsiveness; ultimately enhancing my and the organization's effectiveness at getting things done. One of these tools is the midshipman's Five Basic Responses...
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Leadership Lessons from the United States Naval Academy – The Honor Concept

Leadership Lessons from the United States Naval Academy“Midshipmen will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will they mislead or deceive anyone as to known facts. A midshipman will be truthful, trustworthy, honest and forthright at all times and under all circumstances.

Midshipmen are presumed to be honorable at all times and to possess moral integrity in the fullest sense and will be treated accordingly, unless they prove otherwise by their words or actions.

Midshipmen should neither permit nor accept anything which is not just, right, and true. They should do the right thing because it is right, not because of fear of punishment.”

The Honor Concept
United States Naval Academy

It is the privilege of professional executives and managers to lead the men and women of their organizations toward the achievement of its mission goals. As such, these leaders are responsible for acting with the utmost integrity; leading in both a moral and ethical manner. Doing so promotes trust, accountability, and group cohesion; forming the foundation of high team effectiveness.


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