Chiefs in the Indian Navy


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Chiefs in the Indian Navy
srinivasan, Manager, Cameroon

If you ever meet a person who attend the interview, ask them to tell you a story about their favorite Chief. You will learn how a Chief has influenced them to become the person they are today. When I reflect on my time in the military service there is one Chief that I will always remember. He got to work before us, left work after us and maintained the aircraft right by our side. He was never too good to perform any job, no matter how dirty. He called us out on our nonsense, inspired us to be our best, and set the standard high for our team.
These Chiefs, known as the “backbone of the Navy,” are the front-line leaders for the entire enlisted ranks. They bridge the leadership gap between the ranks of all enlisted and the officers. A Sailor becomes a Chief Petty Officer when they reach the top three senior enlisted ranks. At this point in their career, they have accomplished a proven track record of being a distinguished leader. Sailors endure six weeks of intense training and have a proven track record of leadership to earn the right to be called a Chief.
After the training and a ceremony, they join the 125-year-old “Chief’s Mess.” The Chief’s Mess is a unique group of senior enlisted leaders only in the Navy; no other military branch has a senior leadership group similar to the Chief’s Mess. Chiefs hold the responsibility of not only seamlessly conducting operations but strengthening the performance and character of the Sailors on their teams. Due to their length in service and extensive experience in the Navy, Chiefs lead and mentor junior enlisted sailors and officers alike.
The Chief’s Mess has a lot to teach their fellow service members and the corporate world, with their drive to pursue the theoretical limits of performance and outstanding leadership ability. The following three are applicable to any business, small or large, and integrate concepts that can benefit an organization’s ability to make decisions, share insight, improve training, and encourage high levels of responsibility.


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