The 2019 Sheldon Kinney lecture was delivered on 15 October at WMU by RADM Jack Buono, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The focus of his inspirational lecture was Global Maritime Leadership.
In her welcome remarks, President Doumbia-Henry noted RADM Buono’s distinguished career in the maritime industry which resulted in his being honoured as the one of Lloyd’s List Top 100 most influential people in shipping between 2012-2015. “RADM Buono has a passionate interest in preparing the next generation of maritime leaders, making him an ideal speaker for the Sheldon Kinney Lecture Series,” she stated.
In his lecture, RADM Buono shared his philosophy of leadership which is: “Leadership is not about standing taller than your shipmates. Leadership is about helping your shipmates stand taller than yourself.” He maintained that good leaders recognize that the people they are working with are more important than themselves, and presented three rules of effective leadership:
Leaders know what is important
Leaders resource what is important