From Toxic Leadership to Transformation: A Journey in the Navy with T. Ryan Davis

August 03, 2023

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In this episode, Shari interviews Thomas “Ryan” Davis about his extraordinary journey from flying missions around the globe to leading a squadron of hundreds in the Navy and now running his own business. Ryan shares his experience with BP-47, a squadron for which he became the commanding officer. He reveals the challenges he faced, including a history of misconduct and a toxic culture. Ryan's story highlights the importance of leadership and the transformative power of turning a dysfunctional organization around. Tune in to learn more about Ryan's inspiring journey and his passion for helping others.

Skipper T. Ryan Davis is a 20+ year retired Naval officer with 4,000 hours of flight time encompassing multiple deployments in support of combat operations around the globe. His most recent assignment was as the Commanding Officer for Patrol Squadron 47, a P-8 squadron responsible for executing the nation’s maritime strategy. During that tour of duty, Commander Davis led his team of 300 Sailors through organizational culture change resulting in the highest morale on record across all VP squadrons, being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award, and earning the Battle “E” award for efficiency. CDR Davis has proven himself a passionate leader who cares about people.

Ryan is also the Founder of Take Flight Leadership, an organization helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals. He is the author of Take Flight: Cultivating Culture Through Trust, Teamwork, Purpose, & Ownership. Ryan certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, a Resilience-Building Leader Program Trainer, and as a BCSP Associate Safety Professional to better help him serve the teams he works with.


Shari Simpson

Senior Manager Thought Leadership

Ryan Davis

Take Flight Leadership

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