One hundred and fifteen participants attended the inaugural Navy Emerging Leaders Forum (NELF) held at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 22 May 2019.
Leading Seamen, Petty Officers, Sub Lieutenants and Lieutenants participated in table-top discussions, panel sessions, guest speakers, and facilitated conversation, focussed on the leadership challenges facing Navy’s emerging leaders today.
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, shared his leadership testimony from his enlistment as a junior sailor, through commissioning, to his journey to senior officer.
“Achieve results with and through our people, not at their expense,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.
“This is not always easy when conducting operations that place our people in harm’s way, but it should always be the priority goal.”
Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Mark Donaldson shared his experiences on various Australian Defence Force Operations, highlighting the importance of the team and leadership that puts others first.
“Fear is normal, but you can’t let it overtake you, or govern you to make a bad decision. Regardless of whether you are a leader or a follower, your job is to be an enabler,” Corporal Donaldson said.
Forum participants embraced the opportunity to speak candidly with the Senior Leadership Team regarding leadership and teamwork matters that they face daily, as well as hear from others of their own rank level who are navigating the same challenges.
Lieutenant Matthew Norris, from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre, indicated the appreciation for the contribution of both Rear Admiral Hammond and Mark Donaldson, remarking that, he really valued the opportunity to learn from Rear Admiral Hammond.
“Rear Admiral Hammond’s presentation put a real ‘human touch’ on the senior role he provides to us all, while his humility and humour displayed a level of leadership that I can aspire to,” Lieutenant Norris said.
“I can see it is an exciting future ahead for the Royal Australian Navy. The investment in forums such as NELF highlights that the support is there for everyone to ‘own’ the continued building and development of the Royal Australian Navy, regardless of rank.”
Leading Seaman Zac Davis, of HMAS Hobart, indicated his interest in joining the Navy Leadership Coaching Program as a result of his experience at the NELF.
“I recently attended the Navy Emerging Leaders Forum which was a great success and it has inspired me to seek further career development,” Leading Seaman Davis said.
Eight more NELF will be held across the country throughout 2019.
The forums are organised and coordinated by the Directorate of Navy Culture and represent Chief of Navy’s commitment to the investment in, and empowerment of, the next generation of Navy leaders.
Leading Seaman, Petty Officer, Sub Lieutenant and Lieutenant ranks are encouraged to participate in one of the remaining eight NELF scheduled for 2019, as follows:
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Applications can be made via the ‘Emerging Leaders’ link on the Directorate of Navy Culture homepage on the DRN.