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Jack Aubrey

Captain “Lucky Jack” Aubrey 0 result of Captain Aubrey’s tendency to be in the right place at the right time, to win battles and, if necessary, narrowly escape disaster. Clarity of Purpose Jack has a single-minded focus on his purpose. All of his decisions are held up against the goal of his enterprise and his plans are developed with the goal in mind. This is an essential leadership characteristic. Jack adapts his plans to achieve his goal, and adopts new and innovative approaches in its pursuit. Trains ; Coaches others

Jack ensures that there is an ongoing training program for officers and crew. He himself coaches and encourages individuals, even when they are some ranks lower than him. Shares Leadership Jack gives less experienced officers the chance to lead tasks, sections and areas. On occasions, these tasks are at a level above that which would normally be expected of the officer’s rank. Builds Team Spirit Jack brings his officers together on formal and social occasions. He shares his goals with them, explains his thinking & decisions and wins their support.

In addition, he has fun without going so far as to lose control or respect. Inspires Others Jack addresses his officers and crew to explain the purpose of their enterprise, especially before battle. His speeches create belief and commitment, and something worthwhile to aspire towards. Shares His Thinking The ship’s surgeon is a friend of Jacks and is not a serving officer. Jack shares his anxieties with him, rather than with those, he is responsible for leading. In front of officers and crew, he shows strength of character, albeit with sensitivity.

Keeps an Overview While he is quite at home in the detail of any task, and is an expert in seamanship, gunnery, etc. , Jack Aubrey keeps himself in a position where he can retain the overview. He makes sure that those with any specific responsibility keep him informed. Circulates Regularly circulating around all areas under his control, Jack keeps himself well informed and uses his time in each area to praise and encourage his crew. Decisive Jack questions others to get the information he needs, and to understand their hinking.

When he has weighed up the options and their consequences he selects the course of action that is most in keeping with his goal. He is willing to take very tough decisions if they serve the goals or the greater good, even to lose individual crew members in the process. Standards Jack sets standards, reinforces them and then raises them. He expects everybody to work to the standards laid down. He praises and recognizes those who achieve this, and rewards those who go beyond the minimum standard expected.

He also disciplines those who fall below the standard. Takes Control When others are indecisive, Jack takes control of situations and gives clear direction. Again, his decisions are based on his higher-level goals. He then coaches the indecisive officers themselves, to develop their capability and Judgment Pride Jack shows, and engenders, pride in his crew and in his command. Celebrates Success When small achievements are made along the way, Jack creates and encourages celebrations for officers and crew.

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