BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, spent time mentoring Korean Sailors and civilian employees during a special guest lecture held at the Republic of Korea Fleet headquarters in Busan, Sept. 25.
Franchetti was invited to speak by Commander of the Republic of Korea Fleet Vice Adm. Jung Ho-Sub. During the lecture, Franchetti shared valuable lessons and personal experiences from her 29 years of naval service to include her thoughts on career development, leadership, defining success, and life-work integration.
"These four topics are part of a larger journey of your life and career," said Franchetti. "I say journey because in my opinion, none of these areas are ever fully complete. They're never 'checked off the checklist.' You have to continually strive for self-improvement."
On the topic of leadership, Franchetti emphasized the importance of making time to think about being a leader, building strong teams, and creating a climate in which your people can succeed.
"No one is born knowing how to lead," said Franchetti. "It's important to learn from other leaders, develop your own style, and determine what things are important to you as a leader. And if you think you just learn to be a leader one day and then you're done, you're definitely wrong. I still learn something new about leadership every single day."
Serving with integrity, taking care of people, fostering teamwork, and keeping a positive attitude are the four pillars of her leadership philosophy. Franchetti told the audience that she uses these leadership tenets to ensure her Sailors understand what's important to her.
"These are things that helped me accomplish my mission," said Franchetti. "Perhaps these are some tools you can add to your own leadership toolbag."
Franchetti also appealed to Korean navy women in the audience and explained how she achieved her goal of serving as the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy warship. She presented her career in the context of a timeline slide that illustrated the numerous policy changes and advancements U.S. Navy women have made over the years.
"I encourage you all to work hard and seek those experiences which will allow you to progress in your career development," said Franchetti. "You never know when opportunities are going to come your way or when doors will open up."
Korean Sailors in the audience said they were impressed and inspired by Franchetti's remarks.
"Admiral Franchetti inspired me in many ways - both as a woman and as a military leader, and she motivated me to work even harder," said Lt. Kim, Tae Eun. "I will use her inspiration to grow as an officer and hopefully make greater contributions for the Korean navy."
Franchetti was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. During her career, she commanded USS Ross (DDG 71), and served as the Commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, where she was the Sea Combat Commander for the John C. Stennis Strike Group. She also served as the Commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander, United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
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