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Navigating the Seven Seas

Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at Top in the U.S. Navy

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Two high-achieving African-Americans in the U.S. Navy share their leadership experiences over nearly sixty consecutive years of service. Melvin G. Williams Sr. served in the Navy from 1951 to 1978 with a final assignment as a Command Master Chief. His son, Melvin G. Williams Jr., served from 1978 to 2010 with a final assignment as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet. Their book describes how they navigated through the ranks by employing what they call the Seven Cs of leadership: Character, Competence, Courage, Commitment, Caring, Communicating, and Community. The authors contend that their leadership principles can be learned, practiced, and refined for any profession.

Customer Reviews

Force Culinary specialist

Great read! Encourage all Navy war fighters to read! Very motivating, it reminds us where came from and how we can get where we want to go!
Interesting points of views from a seasoned Master chief petty officer and well respected senior line officer!
All new Chiefs and officers must read this book. Chris Nailon

Leadership Cs

Pretty awesome book, especially since its based on real life events from people who experienced the Navy and the tribulations of being minorities in the military. There leadership "Cs" are on point and are definitely in the correct order. I encourage everyone to read this book!

Navigating the Seven Seas
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  • $19.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Military
  • Published: Jun 02, 2011
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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