Saturday, December 13, 2008

My First Chief

"My first chief had a big impact on me. I still look at what he did," Campa said. "When he spoke, he spoke with such credibility because he had such a strong knowledge of his ship, his rate and the people that he led; that inspired me to want to do well for him. He planted some seeds — but I have been fortunate throughout my career to have good, strong, deckplate leaders -— those who kept their focus on the people and measured their success through them.

"That is what I tried to bring back with deckplate leadership. That kind of leadership is traditional of the chiefs' mess and critical to our people and our Navy."

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Joe Campa during his change of office ceremony with new MCPON West

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

I am in the process or reading all of your blog entries, and even though I have no Navymen to lead these days, I still find that leadership applies to all aspects of life. There is more involved than just reading your entries, there is much contemplation on my part as I try to absorb each statement. Leadership has been one of the things that has captivated me my entire life. I was a Chief Petty Officer for nearly 15 years and leadership was a tool I used every day of that tenure.

Very Respectfully,