On the 12th episode of the Deep Leadership podcast released last March 2020, we had the pleasure of speaking with Stephanie Treece, a trailblazer in the field of submarine leadership. As one of the first women to serve as an officer on a nuclear submarine, Stephanie’s journey to becoming a qualified submariner and Navy Nuclear Engineer is truly inspiring.
We dove into Stephanie’s journey as a submarine officer, discussing her experiences as a new officer and later leading an experienced team as a young officer. Stephanie shared valuable insights on the qualification process on board a submarine, which can be a daunting and challenging experience for new officers. She spoke about the importance of showing up and being authentic, and the differences between authentic and fake leaders.
One of the key takeaways from our conversation was Stephanie’s emphasis on the importance of empathy and love in leadership. She shared that “leadership is much more than shouting out orders, it’s about showing empathy and love.” Stephanie spoke about her experience as a woman in a male-dominated field, and how she had to work hard to earn the respect of her colleagues. She also talked about the importance of being a good listener, and how it helped her to understand the perspectives of her crew members, and also helped her to lead effectively.
“Leadership is much more than shouting out orders, it’s about showing empathy and love.” – Stephanie Treece
Stephanie also shared valuable advice for new leaders, including the importance of being self-motivated, visionary, flexible, and a good listener. She emphasized the importance of setting a good example, and how it is essential for new leaders to lead by example, especially when they are leading experienced crew members. Stephanie also spoke about the importance of being a visionary leader, and how it is essential to have a clear vision of where you want to take your team and how to get there.
We invite you to listen to this episode and learn from Stephanie’s unique and groundbreaking leadership experience. As she continues to break down barriers and pave the way for future leaders, Stephanie’s insights and wisdom are truly invaluable. Her story is a testament to the fact that with hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their background or gender. Stephanie’s story is not only an inspiration for new leaders, but also for anyone who wants to pursue a career in a male-dominated field.
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