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July 7, 2011
By LEUT Todd Austin
ATTENDEES of the Junior Officers
Leadership Course (JOLC) are
embracing the opportunity to define
their styles of leadership and person-
al development during the leadership
and ethics courses.
Course facilitator LCDR Richard
Adams said Navy had come a long
way in teaching sailors and officers the
elements of good leadership.
"We get to discuss leadership cul-
ture and the structure of leadership in
the Navy, as well as the way leaders
are responsible for the development of
sailors," LCDR Adams said.
JOLC attendee SBLT Wesley North
said he and his classmates were getting
a greater appreciation of how to be a
better leader, rather than focusing on
being in a position of command.
"The course has shown me the dif-
ference between being a good lead-
er compared to being someone who
has to command the work of sailors,"
SBLT North said.
"Understanding this difference will
allow me to develop into a better lead-
er, which will flow down to the people
I need to look after -- and benefit Navy
as a whole."
HMAS Creswell training com-
mander CMDR Patrick O'Brien said
positive cultural change was occurring
with the leadership and ethics program
now firmly embedded into the training
continuum for leading seamen right
through to senior officers.
"During the New Entry Officer
Course junior officers have their first
opportunity to engage in the leader-
ship and ethics training continuum,"
CMDR O'Brien said.
"They then head out into the fleet
and spend some time at their jobs and
with other sailors. When they come
back to JOLC they get the chance to
By LEUT Todd Austin
FUTURE divisional officers are
developing a greater understanding
of mentoring at the Junior Officers
Leadership Course (JOLC).
Course facilitator CMDR Sue
Bigham said the mentoring work-
shops were interactive and provided
every attendee with the opportunity
to conduct a mentoring session and
have the experience of being mentored
"They all get practical experience
in this training environment," CMDR
"It gives them a
chance to put their
skills to the test,
ing and training.
"It's about devel-
oping their beliefs on
putting them into
practice and being
able to deliver an
session during the
LEUT Christina Rogerson, who is
about to post to HMAS Success as an
Assistant Marine Engineering Officer,
has developed her understanding of
"The course has made me under-
stand that mentoring is about having
a personal connection with people you
are trying to impart knowledge to,"
LEUT Rogerson said.
"Knowing this, I believe I'll be a
better divisional officer in Success and
be able to assist the sailors that are in
Sailor changeover SBLT Brian
Gall said the course had broadened
his understanding and confidence in
successfully mentoring people.
"Through my career I've had
plenty of training but very little in the
mentoring area," SBLT Gall said.
"I feel a lot more positive about
handling the role of a mentor.
"I can see it's more of a relation-
ship dynamic rather that a straight
training environment; it's far more
intricate and more personal."
HMAS Creswell's training com-
mander CMDR Patrick O'Brien said
significant changes were being seen
from members who had attended the
"The mentoring packages are giv-
ing junior offic-
ers the chance to
enhance their skills
after receiving an
during the New
another element to
help them be a bet-
ter divisional lead-
er as they develop
their own careers.
"Also, they can then use this to
develop the careers of the sailors they
interact with out in the wider Navy."
Mentoring training workshops are
being conducted around the country
to capture any sailors or officers who
are not currently scheduled for a pro-
"Everyone in Navy will have the
opportunity to benefit from the NGN
mentoring program -- no-one will miss
out," CMDR Bigham said.
More information on NGN and the Navy
Mentoring Program is available online via
the Navy intranet site at http://intranet.
Junior leaders embrace NGN
further develop their skills as a
leader and mentor."
SBLT Madelein de Jager said
the interactive style of the course
allowed participants to have a
hands-on approach to what was
being discussed, as well as the
courage to openly question what
was "right or wrong".
"We examine what we believe a
good leader is like throughout the
session, as well as an understanding
of how our peers see leadership,"
SBLT De Jager said.
"It allows you to figure out what
sort of leader you are and it helps
you motivate others." Mentoring focus
"The course has
made me understand
that mentoring is
about having a
with people you
are trying to impart
-- LEUT Christina Rogerson
NAVY continues to grow
and nurture leaders of
integrity who honour
their people through
these leadership courses.
Strong and consistent leader-
ship is critical to the success of
NGN and a sustainable Navy.
As described in the RAN
Leadership Ethic handbook,
'Leading people in the Navy
involves accepting responsibility,
modelling values by example and
developing the technical profi-
ciency and ethical awareness of
This is something the future
senior officers of the Navy are
embracing as part of their train-
ing.More information on New
Generation Navy and leadership
and ethics is available online
via the Navy Intranet site at
Leadership at the core
LEADERS: LCDR Richard
Adams addresses students at
the Junior Officers Leadership
Course at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
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