Nov 23, 2012

Why even the navy is abandoning take-it-or-leave-it leadership

After a year of controversy, the Australian Navy is engaging in cultural change -- at least in terms of leadership training. It's about mentoring new leaders to improve retention.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

If there’s a large Australian organisation with a reputation for a command-and-control management style, it’s the armed forces. That’s why the navy’s cultural reinvention program is so fascinating.

Since 2008, the navy has embarked on a cultural change program prompted by the need to retain staff, as well as to train them up for the growing demands and capabilities of the organisation. It’s not like the navy has given up issuing commands, but its leadership is looking seriously at the impact of the way they communicate and interact with their underlings.

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