Michael Abrashoff teaches us, in his book "It's Your Ship", to look at leadership with different eyes, based on his experiences at the U. S. Navy, providing us with insights to improve management and teamwork.
He not only awakened the leader within him but took charge of a crew with a difficult track record, managing to motivate his team and increase their productivity.
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The book "It's Your Ship" was written by Michael Abrashoff and released in 2002, by Grand Central Publishing.
With a total of 240 pages and twelve chapters, it is possible to easily navigate through this reading, which is simple, practical, and objective.
Captain Michael Abrashoff shares his incredible experiences in command of the battleship USS Benfold, with unique analogies to the corporate world.
D. Michael Abrashoff is a former U. S. Navy captain and American writer.
His practices in command of the warship USS Benfold have been so efficient and effective that they have been extended to other ships, as well as serving as inspiration for the book "It's Your Ship".
Some of his other books are "Get Your Ship Together" and "It's Our Ship". Also, on YouTube, there are several videos of his impressive lectures and presentations with thousands of views.
The book "It's Your Ship" is one that every leader should read. It is also highly recommended for people looking for Team Management and Motivation content.
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Michael Abrashoff begins the book "It's Your Ship" explaining important leadership concepts. According to him, what all leaders have in common is the challenge of getting the most out of their team.
Thus, success depends on three variables: the needs of leaders, the climate in the organization, and the potential competence of the team.
That said, the author Michael Abrashoff proposes to explain how the Navy and other organizations in general wrongly balance these variables, and that leads to loss.
But you may be asking yourself: "Can it work for me?".
Rest assured: in the view of the Captain Michael Abrashoff, exceptional leaders have always been rare, but besides being born leaders, they can also be formed, and the case of Benfold is a typical example.
The main concepts about leadership raised by the author are:
Continuing the book "It's Your Ship", the author shows us how he faced the challenge of taking command of the ship. Here are his main teachings about it:
But how will you know if you are on the right track as a leader?
Pay attention to the moment when your team recognizes that you really care more about "the ship" as a whole than about your own profit.
Also, the author Michael Abrashoff shares four tips to keep your team together and motivated:
In Michael Abrashoff's view, leaders never get what they want by simply ordering it to be done. Thus, true leadership must be achieved by example, not by precepts.
Your team will follow your example and watch you all the time in search of signs since you exert a huge influence on them, whether you like it or not.
For this very reason, it is necessary to align your action with your speech. If your "sailors" realize that you, the captain, do not implement a policy or disagree with it, or say one thing and do another, they may think they have carte blanche to do the same.
This applies to everything. Likewise, the author considers that if your employees see you questioning obsolete work practices, they will follow in the same step. It will become ingrained in the culture, as it is affirmed in the book "It's Your Ship".
To help you understand the importance of "leading by example", here are some directions:
Another interesting point shared by the author Michael Abrashoff is that, even if you are a leader, you can take orders from other people.
In such cases, there is nothing wrong with trying to find a better way to carry out these orders. If you have superiors, know that, just like you, they will especially like your honesty.
In the book "Everybody Matters", the authors Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia explore how true leaders must continually study to develop themselves and those around them, so that they also become excellent leaders who believe and value people.
Also, collaborators should be encouraged to innovate and experience new things, even if they fail. This makes them realize that managers have full confidence in their potential and in their work. In the book, this practice is called "responsible freedom".
Ed Catmull, author of the book "Creativity, Inc." advises: always give more preference to people than to ideas, because creative people create good ideas, but good ideas can be destroyed by bad teams.
For John C. Maxwell, author of the "Leadership Gold", the best leaders are those who know how to listen. They know what is happening because they pay attention, and learn better than others because they absorb from various places. Also, good listeners have the ability to better see the strengths and weaknesses of other people.
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