Admiral Mullen’s words accurately reflect the Navy’s traditional pronounce- ment on leadership. Yet for most of the past century the Navy has struggled to define formally and institutionalize its development process for naval leaders. Just as the Navy accepts that “everything starts and ends with leadership,” it comfortably assumes that leadership “just happens,” as a natural derivative of operational assignments.
Hayes, Christopher D.
"Developing the Navy’s Operational Leaders,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 61
, Article 6.
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