The Bregman Leadership Podcast
Episode 215

David Marquet

Turn The Ship Around

How can we relinquish control and trust our team? For starters, eliminate the word they from your vocabulary. Former captain of the nuclear submarine USS Santa Fe turned leadership coach David Marquet believes in creating leaders at every level of an organization. By empowering his crew, he not only transformed them from the worst to the best, but created life-long leaders ten years after the fact. Learn how to change a mindset without a lecture, and try a fun restaurant game to practice relinquishing control in your everyday life.


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Book: Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Bio: A top graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, L. David Marquet led a distinguished career in the U.S. submarine force. He commanded the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Captain Marquet completely turned around Santa Fe, where the crew went from being ‘worst to first.’ Santa Fe earned numerous awards for being the most improved ship in the Pacific and the most combat-effective ship in the squadron. Santa Fe continued to win awards after his departure and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility. After riding USS Santa Fe, noted author Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he’d ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.


  1. Clifford Gehlert says:

    Really good take a ways from the video.Giving up control is always hard and having buy in from the team and using the teams idea’s is always motivating to execute the key initiatives at task .Its always hard to change mind set can change behaviors ,Leaders set the rules and give the team the resources to complete the tasks .

    1. Dalia Perez says:

      I have to agree with you, giving control is always very hard, however, I really like how David Marquet highlighted the importance of setting rules, creating safety and the importance of bringing resources to the team. Another very important aspect of leadership is building trust. I also liked how he mentioned that leaders should be able to give good orders. Overall, this was a great video.

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