Captain Marquet has coined the phrase “leader-leader” to differentiate it from the leader-follower approach that traditional leadership models have espoused.
The problem with empowerment programs is that they contain an inherent contradiction between the message and the method. While the message is “empowerment,” the method—it takes me to empower you—fundamentally disempowers employees. That drowns out the message.
Empowerment programs appeared to be a reaction to the fact that we had actively disempowered people.
The responsibility of the commanding officer for his or her command is absolute . . . While the commanding officer may, at his or her discretion, and when not contrary to law or regulations, delegate authority to subordinates for the execution of details, such delegation of authority shall in no way relieve the commanding officer of continued responsibility for the safety, well-being and efficiency of the entire command