Turn the Ship Around, L. David Marquet

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Amazon Synopsis


Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe,a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet.




One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.


Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet.


No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier - and everyone is a leader.


In his latest book, Leadership is Language, Marquet builds on what he teaches in Turn the Ship Around!, showing us how to lead our teams to success through the language that we use.


Recommend, highly!


This book has probably inspired me more than any other book I've read. Marque is the consummate critical thinker that, through these qualities, describes what he observed, analysed and changed, to make the Santa FE the envy of the US Fleet... with the most disproportionate Officer promotions.


Marque illustrates the power and value of intent-based leadership through the complex system that is a submarine. The examples of empowerment are powerful, and is Marque open about sharing some of the failures (to the point where even one crewman went "AWOL"). This book will show you what effective Leadership really looks like.


Intellectually and emotionally stimulating.


My biggest "hate" of this book is that I never read it sooner - as far as my self-awareness is concerned, it has made me realise that up until reading this book, I never truly knew how to be a Leader.






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