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October 13, 2011
New leadership resource launched
By Annabelle Haywood
A NEW online resource was recently
launched in HMAS Creswell, with the train-
ees on the New Entry Officer's Course
(NEOC 45) the first to access the materials
on the site.
The resource has been created as a stand-
alone Leadership and Ethics page, with collec-
tions of readings, videos, learning tools, and
links to videos on YouTube and supported by a
The page has been designed to benefit all
personnel who have recently completed a lead-
ership course, but is particularly focussed at
junior officers and sailors who do not receive
the same volume of resources as those who
complete the three-day Navy leadership and
Leadership and Ethics Instructor LCDR
Richard Adams said the NEOCs found their
training to be fresh and relevant to their lives
as future leaders, and that an online resource
would allow graduates to continue their read-
ing on leadership issues.
"One of the great advantages of the website
is that people will be able to access it in their
own time and take from it what they need,"
LCDR Adams said.
"The interactive nature will mean that peo-
ple will find it's a resource that suits many
contexts, as opposed to being a prescribed
Acting Training Commander LCDR Tom
Doherty said the leadership training had been
immensely successful in Creswell, and that he
continued to see benefits to all trainees.
"The new leadership and ethics training is
very good because it gets the trainees thinking
about actual scenarios, usually based around
actual events," he said.
"The facilitators that come down from
Canberra get the trainees thinking about the
benefits of good leadership."
A small group of NEOC 45 trainees with
Phillip Division took time to look through
the site as it was launched, and said it would
benefit their leadership development as naval
"Today has given me a really good under-
standing of what leadership actually is, espe-
cially what aspects make up organisational
culture -- such as organisation, communication
and ethics," MIDN Beau Douglas said.
SBLT Ben Walker said the training gave a
leadership blueprint to all NEOCs, allowing
them to access good principles to build their
own leadership style in accordance with New
Generation Navy's principles.
"By knowing where they want me to go, I
can create my own leadership style using what
I think works best in accordance with what the
Navy needs," SBLT Walker said.
LCDR Doherty said that the trainees who
undertook officer training in Creswell found a
supportive culture through their training.
"All the feedback we've had from the train-
ees over the last 22 months has been extremely
positive," LCDR Doherty said.
"Some people come here expecting to see
the sort of thing they see in the media -- what
they think initial training is going to be. They
are often very surprised about how we address
leadership, and what we actually give them
The Leadership and Ethics website can be found at
find us on Facebook at "Navy Leadership and
For further information on Navy leadership courses,
INTERACTIVE: (L-R) MIDN Nicholas Willmot, LEUT Karen Thomson and SBLT Ben
Walker look at the new external website launched during NEOC 45 at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
AT A GLANCE
A NEW webisode has been created and
released showcasing the launch of the new
Leadership and Ethics external internet
resource, which is available to sailors and offic-
ers who are remotely located or have limited
access to Defence facilities. Members of Phillip
Division at NEOC 45 were among the first to
view the site and access the information. The
external resource allows sailors and officers
access to leadership and ethics material to
help with their leadership development, even
if they are not able to access the DRN. The
website can be viewed at www.youtube.com/
What was your impression of the Leadership
and Ethics website?
"The learning journal that is
available on the website struck
me as something I would
make use of, especially as
my background is in teaching.
Being able to reflect on what
I've learned, how I've learned
it and how I can apply it later
on is always a good thing."
-- LEUT Karen Thomson
"The website has a lot of
good links to YouTube and
Facebook, and a range of
resources. It links in with what
we learned in the leadership
and ethics course, and it's
really great to keep this dis-
cussion happening -- it means
you can look at yourself and
try to change your own behaviours."
-- SBLT Jacob Hepner
"I found the website interesting
and intriguing, something I can
definitely use later on during
other courses. Having this sort
of useful information easily
available to me is great, and I
believe that every officer and
sailor in the Navy should find
-- MIDN Nicholas Willmot
"The website is a very diverse
tool; it has videos and infor-
mation on 360 degree report-
ing. It will enable me to have
further material to develop my
leadership skills, keeping in
mind that it's about leading by
example, not 'do as I say, not
do as I do'."
-- MIDN Ayden Bauer
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