David Marquet

2020 Speaker

DAVID MARQUET is a student of leadership and organizational design, former nuclear submarine commander, and author of the Amazon number one best-seller Turn the Ship Around!, and The Turn the Ship Around! Workbook. He is one of Inc. magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018. A 1981 US Naval Academy graduate, Captain Marquet served in the US submarine force for twenty eight years. After being assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe, he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach led the Santa Fe to achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy. Fortune magazine named Turn the Ship Around! the number one must-read business book of the year, and USA Today listed it as one of the top twelve business books of all time. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2015 was named to the American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch list. @ldavidmarquet

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