David Marquet

2020 Speaker

DAVID MARQUET is a student of leadership and organizational design, former nuclear submarine commander, and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers. A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Captain Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for twenty eight years. After being assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe–then ranked last in retention and operational standing, 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 took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy. Marquet is the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Fortune magazine named it 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. In 2020 PenguinRandomHouse will publish his next big idea book: Leadership is Language. 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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