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October 14, 2010
By Michael Brooke
BEING rebuked by a PO for a
momentary lapse in leadership and
responsibility is often the wake-
up call that motivates many Navy
personnel for the duration of their
careers in the RAN.
The PO's harsh words hit like a
thunderbolt, stiffening spines, inducing
profuse sweating and prompting much
soul-searching, which with the pas-
sage of time serve to reinforce the vital
importance of leadership in the RAN.
Some 30 graduates from the PO
and LS Promotion Courses (POPC
009E and LSPC 014E) at HMAS
Kuttabul recently gained new insights
into leadership from their graduation
ceremony guest speaker, CAPT Steven
CAPT Hughes, of the AWD Project
Office, said a proverbial rocket he
received from a PO many years ago
early in his career had stuck with him
to this day.
His presentation about his journey
from midshipman to captain provid-
ed the course graduates with a frank
understanding of what a commander
expects from his senior sailors, and
in turn what they should expect from
their junior sailors.
CAPT Hughes said leadership,
which is one of the key tenets of New
Generation Navy (NGN), "Is the privi-
lege and obligation shared by every
person serving in the RAN."
"Navy's leaders must display con-
sistent morale courage, ethical behav-
iour and loyalty; they must be able to
balance performance and people in a
professional manner, and most of all
they must lead by example."
The graduation featured the pres-
entation of the Peter Mitchell prize
for the LSPC 014E dux to ABHSO
ABHSO Timmins was presented
with a certificate and two books about
inspiring leadership for demonstrating
the most outstanding leadership char-
acteristics and potential to excel as a
"The key to the course was the
instructors and their passion for teach-
ing the fundamentals of effective lead-
ership," he said.
ABHSO Timmins said the Navy's
focus on leadership training is creat-
ing a culture where Junior and Senior
Sailors' alike understand the impor-
tance of responding to the challenge of
crisis situations with decisive leader-
OIC SLMF, LCDR Peter Loudon,
said the faculty, which has lodger units
at FBE and FBW, plays a vital role
in helping RAN personnel to devel-
op their leadership and management
skills. He also stated that there have
been significant changes to sailor lead-
ership training with the recent devel-
opment and introduction of promotion
courses for LS (LSPC), PO (POPC),
CPO (CPOPC) and WO (WOPC).
Since the end of 2009 over four
hundred sailors have benefited from
attending LSPCs and POPCs at
SLMF--E and SLMF--W, the courses
being a promotion pre-requisite course
for Able Seamen who aspire to be pro-
moted to Leading Seaman (LSPC) and
Senior sailors embrace NGN leadership
Leading Seamen to be promoted to
Petty Officer (POPC).
The course topics include leader-
ship theory and practical exercises,
problem solving and decision making,
briefs and de-briefs, team building,
presentation skills, SPAR writing, divi-
sional responsibilities, time manage-
ment, interviewing and intervention
skills, as well as others.
The courses also included gru-
elling assessment days at Spectacle
Island and HMAS Penguin, where the
trainees' situational leadership skills
and ability to deliver the required out-
comes were tested in a variety of chal-
lenging practical exercise scenarios.
Personnel are panelled to attend
either LSPC or POPC by staff at
NPCMA. Eligibility to attend these
courses is based on imminent promo-
tion in line with 'just in time' training.
For information on SLMF courses please
contact the Senior Instructor on 02 9359
of the Leading Seaman
Promotion Course 014E,
with Peter Mitchell prize
winner ABHSO Mitchell
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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