Paul Kingsbury served over 31 years on active duty in the Navy leading as a front line leader, manager, and instructor in the Naval Nuclear Power Program, and advising executive and middle level managers as a senior enlisted leader. During his career he served in aircraft carriers, cruisers, amphibious ships, an aviation squadron, two overseas regions, the Naval Safety Center, and as the Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
After retiring from the Navy, he joined the U.S. Naval Institute engaging in outreach across the naval services, working as acquisitions editor, and co-hosts the Proceedings Podcast. He served as a member of the Naval Institute’s editorial board and has several published articles on Navy policy and issues in Proceedings and Joint Forces Quarterly, has received awards in both the U.S. Naval Institute General Essay and Enlisted Essay contests, and is the author of the recently published 2nd edition of The Chief Petty Officer’s Guide. He is currently working with a co-author to publish the first edition of The Petty Officers Guide. Paul has worked youth leadership program development with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. He is also a member of the board of directors for Sea Service Family, Foundation and The Non-Commissioned Officer’s Association. He is a graduate of the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, the National Defense University’s Senior Enlisted Keystone course, the Navy Senior Leader Seminar, the Strategic Planning for Execution Workshop, and the Leading Change in Safety Management System course. He has completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.
He established Cutlass Leadership Concepts and the Cutlass Podcast in 2020. He has studied the principles of power bases, influence tactics, communication, and management an adapted what he has learned into his leadership and management model. Cutlass Leadership Concepts strives to help develop the attributes of strength, versatility, and getting up close and personal with people and teams in front line leaders. Paul uses a variety of platforms and tools to link social science with his experience and the experiences of others to help you reflect on and improve your leadership and management skills to best achieve your goals and bring out the best in your people.