New book “Leadership” by Thomas J. Snee, M.Ed is released, an empowering handbook for becoming a genuine leader through essential qualities and guiding principles

April 13 16:02 2022

“Leadership: Reaching Out, Pulling Up, Holding On, to Stand Strong Together” by Thomas J. Snee M.Ed has been released worldwide. This 125-page book creates a detailed framework for understanding the elements of successful leadership by combining broad principles with practical lessons, inspirational quotes, and easy-to-remember mnemonics that readers can recall when they face challenges.

This motivational wisdom is based on the author’s 30-year career in the United States Navy, as well as numerous leadership roles with organizations like the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Congressional Committees, Knights of Columbus, and the National Eagle Scout Association, among others. Over a long career in supervisory roles, Snee has developed a broad understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader, including many overlooked philosophies related to empathy, service to others, empowerment, and the importance of relationships. Leadership (ISBN: 9798985260731) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including and Amazon. The paperback retails for $10.99. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram.

From the back cover:

What is a ‘Shipmate’?

This question has often been expressed and shared with me. The ‘white hat,’ as we were so often called, ‘halfcocked’ on the back of our heads, defined us as persons, who were always searching and looking out to sea for a new life. The right foot on the lines, not to jump or surrender, but a ‘leg up’ on life’s challenges in thought and ideas by persons we call, SHIPMATES! 

You see, most of us ‘signed on as young men,’ for the seas and a new adventure. We left our hometowns to create, make, and hopefully aim our ‘shot line,’ into new friendships and ports of call. No, we did not forget our hometown friends, but rather, rediscovered a whole new world. Some may think, that when our ‘brows’ were pulled up, we departed, but to move on, from those anchored pasts. These valued bonds were left for other gangplanks in another life. We moved on to make new and bigger bow waves for smoother wakes, in life’s high seas. We did not sign on to organizations or associations to be forgotten, with titles or positions, but as persons of dignity, value, and self-worth, or simply, as SHIPMATES. 

So, when you meet that casual friend, remember, they too are persons on a sea detail away from home. They were searching for a bonding as SHIPMATES for a new life. Sometimes lonely, but always, just a bonding in friendship, from the many sea tales of the past, as a SHIPMATE. We are not just another name on the rolls, but real persons, who have feelings, emotions, and needs to reconnect those shot line crossings to each other’s bows. We are, after all, and always will be, SHIPMATES, in LEADERSHIP! 

About the author:

Thomas J. (Tom) Snee stepped down as the former National Executive Director for Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Alexandria, VA. He is a retired Navy Master Chief /Surface Warfare Specialist with over 30 years of naval service, and a Vietnam Veteran. He has since returned to teaching, to motivate and inspire Middle and High School students in the Northern Virginia area. He is continually active with his Church, Boy Scouts, and other Youth Groups.

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Tom grew up and graduated in 1965 from Willoughby South High School, Willoughby, OH; Mohegan Community College, Norwich, CT, AS, Liberal Arts; Excelsior College, Albany, NY, BS, Liberal Arts/Psychology; and George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, M.Ed, Education Leadership. He is a member of the FRA, Knights of Columbus, Surface Navy Association (SNA) and National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Mr. Snee was married to the late Karen A. Habina for 46 years, having a family of four children and seven grandchildren. He currently resides in Burke, VA.

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