Awards and recognition for Turn the Ship Around!

-Fortune Magazine #1 Must Read business book.

-800 CEO READ best leadership book of 2012, runner up.

-#2 of “30 Best Business Books” by Soundview Executive Book Summaries.

-#1 rated Leadership and Management book on Amazon.


How would you like to work in a place where everyone around you is totally engaged and contributing their full intellectual capacity — a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work – a place where everyone is a leader?

A nuclear powered submarine would seem an unlikely place for such a thing to happen. Especially the USS Santa Fe – dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet, until David Marquet took command.

Turn the Ship Around! is the gripping story of what happened next – where he took the ship from worst to first by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach and instead implementing his own framework of leader-leader. In doing so, he struggled against his own instincts to “take control, attract followers” in order to achieve the vastly more powerful “give control, create leaders.”

The results revolutionized the field of leadership – as each member of his crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything they did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions.  By embedding goodness in the practices and the people, Santa Fe continued to win awards and promoted a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command.

 Turn the Ship Around! presents clear mechanisms to help you apply this winning model in your organization.  Follow Marquet’s practical steps, for example:

  • Releasing proactivity with “I intend to…”
  • Reversing a demoralized culture
  • Using deliberate action to enhance teamwork and minimize errors
  • Eliminating top-down monitoring systems
  • Embedding learning in everything the organization does

No matter what your business, and no matter where you are in the organizational chart, you will benefit from the leadership approach developed onboard the USS Santa Fe and detailed in this book.