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Academy Leadership

Leadership Excellence Course Aboard the Battleship North Carolina

Available dates

Apr 14—16, 2020
3 days
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
USD 3450
USD 1150 per day
Sep 15—17, 2020
3 days
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
USD 3450
USD 1150 per day


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About the course

Immerse yourself in an intensive 3-day leadership skills training program provided in the environment that changed the course of the 20th Century. Here aboard the battleship North Carolina, awarded 15 Battle Stars during combat action in World War II, the concepts of character, integrity, responsibility, accountability, precise communication, managing priorities, sustaining energy while under pressure, team-work, building a motivational climate and a host of vital 21st Century leadership strategies come alive. Combining history with your preparation as a corporate leader becomes a fun, engaging and rewarding experience. Three months of post-course coaching and 36 PDUs from the Project Management Institute make this opportunity a true value. Corporate discounts and Buddy Plans are available.

Program Details

Each day starts in the Admiral's Quarters with presentations and discussions on practical leadership concepts proven in military and corporate settings. Assignments from the night before will also be reviewed. Then during “School of the Ship” you will explore the warship, and put many of the concepts into context with lasting impressions. As you glimpse preparing the ship for battle, planning fleet operations, manning the giant gun turrets and operating a steam-driven propulsion plant, you'll gather a true sense of the human element in the success of any team and business. Finally and most importantly, participants will gather to share observations and insights. You'll begin to formulate how you will put these concepts into practice and build your personal action plan to improve your leadership capabilities and thus contribute to your organization's success.

During our second day, a hot, three course lunch served in the Officer's Wardroom allows everyone the opportunity to experience the environment of a warship at sea and the value of camaraderie among its leaders. Even this simple concept becomes a benchmark for behavior amongst work place colleagues.

Prior to completion of the course on the final day, you will have a chance to tie-up loose ends and prepare for the coaching opportunities that will be scheduled for the following three months.

In addition, while on board the battleship you will be encouraged to learn more about the “Showboat” and its place in history during the Battle of the Pacific. You'll find this learning environment fun and exhilarating.

Evenings will allow you time to experience Wilmington, the Port City. In addition to being a gate-way to North Carolina beaches, it has a rich colonial and Civil War history within walking distance of your hotel. A variety of restaurants provide excellent dining experiences.



Prior to attending Leadership Excellence & Executive Coaching Course, you will receive a copy of The Leader's Compass, 3rd Edition and will be required to complete a first draft of your Leadership Philosophy (Leader's Compass). Please allow 3-4 hours for completion of all required pre-work.

Day 1

  • Arrival at Battleship North Carolina Visitor Center
  • Introductions in the Admiral's Quarters
  • The Leader's Journal
  • Managing a Leader's Style and Energy
  • Leadership Starts at the Top: Visit ship's bridge
  • Aligning & Accomplishing Goals
  • Personal Leadership Philosophy
  • Understanding the Big Picture: Visit Combat Information Center
  • Homework: Allow 1-2 hours to complete the required readings and exercises from Day 1

Day 2

  • Feedback
  • The Importance of Precise Communication: Visit Radio Central and Signal Bridge
  • Creating a Motivational Climate
  • Wardroom Luncheon (Officer's Dining Area)
  • Leveraging the Power of Conflict
  • Living and Working Together: Visit Crew's Galley, Mess Decks (Dining Area), Living Quarters
  • Homework: Allow 1-2 hours to complete the required readings and exercises from Day 2

Day 3

  • Setting Leadership Priorities
  • Knowledge, Priorities, Action Under Duress: Visit Damage Control Central and Engine Room
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork is Critical: Visit Gun Turret for 16 IN Guns
  • Coaching to Develop People
  • Preparing a Plan of Action
  • Final Remarks and Shared Thoughts

Post-event Follow-up

  • Executive Coaching

Who should attend

For experienced managers and emerging leaders

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Ron Hewett

Ron Hewett, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired) is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He enjoys sharing his experiences over a life time of challenges as a naval officer, high school teacher, and maritime ports executive and corporate leadership consultant with leaders at all levels who want...


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