NAVSUP Commander Talks Leadership

BY DEBBIE DORTCH, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND

160406-D-IL028-001 Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, SC, USN, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), was the first guest speaker at a new quarterly Leadership Seminar Series at NAVSUP. U.S. Navy photo by Dorie Heyer/RELEASED

Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, SC, USN, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), was the first guest speaker at a new quarterly Leadership Seminar Series at NAVSUP. U.S. Navy photo by Dorie Heyer/RELEASED

Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP’s) auditorium was the venue for a standing-room-only crowd of more than 350 civilian and military personnel for the first lecture in a NAVSUP leadership seminar series that began April 6 in Mechanicsburg.

Keynote speaker NAVSUP Commander Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen shared personal details about his career and how his experiences have shaped who he has become as a Navy leader. He emphasized that while his leadership style has changed over time, his steadfast commitment to ethics remains focused on what is good, right, and honorable – respecting the dignity of all persons, obeying authority, and making ethics a part of all decisions and behavior.

Yuen talked about his personal philosophy and who he is at the core. He broke his philosophy down into three areas – servant’s heart, bedside manner, and Socratic mindset.

“Servant’s heart is about putting the mission first, before oneself,” said Yuen. “Bedside manner is treating others with care, concern, and kindness. Socratic mindset is about asking why. It’s about learning. It’s about apprenticeship, being a student of the game, and learning from others.”

Yuen also talked about the importance of the diversity of ideas and how good ideas come from everywhere, from many people from different backgrounds with unique experiences. He noted that diversity is not just about race, it’s about ideas and perspectives developed as we experience life.

NAVSUP continued its new leadership series this summer with Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics, United States Naval Academy, retired Capt. Rick Rubel, USN, who spoke on “Character Development.” The series will continue quarterly.

You can watch Rear Adm. Yuen’s lecture at:
https://youtu.be/5tfKmfMvcMM

July/August 2016