The Importance Of Serving As A Naval Officer

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One of the most interesting and, at times, challenging aspects of serving as a Naval Officer is working with a team of people from a diverse background. The sailors I have worked with come from all over the United States, and even some from other countries. While this has led to a rich experience, it sometimes presented a leadership challenge. What I found out quickly was that every sailor approached his or her service in the Navy slightly different. Some sailors served because a relative did, some to pay for college, and some joined to see the world. The more I spoke with sailors, the more I understood the importance for me, as a leader, to not only know the people I was leading, but also to try to understand their perspective.…show more content…
He drew on his own experiences, both inside and outside the Navy. Much of what he believed was based on his wife’s experience as a high school teacher. As much as I tried to convince him, it was to no avail, because he had a set of beliefs about discipline that guided every decision he made.
What I understand know, after reading Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1996) was that his paradigm about discipline was different from mine. In fact, our paradigms were what Kuhn (1996) describes as incommensurable. The idea of incommensurability accounts for the different way that my commander and I viewed the world (Kuhn, 1996). Our paradigms about discipline were so different that we could not even really have a conversation about it without one of us getting angry or frustrated. At the time I did not understand this concept, and it left me confused about how he could approach a situation in a way that I viewed as harsh and unfair. Eventually, we were able to understand each other, and move forward, and eventually work together to find the best solution to future problems. We came to an understanding that we felt differently sometimes, but began to try to view the situation from each other’s point of view. Had I possessed the knowledge that I do now about Kuhn’s ideas, I would have immediately understood the problem, and been able to articulate my views to him and help us both understand that
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