Being a good leader isn't easy, but it's simple.

Show them you care. Every day, in every way.

jj cummings
HBS logo
recruitics logo R Primary
one door
th (6)
CASBA Logo
Lockwood Logo
VBCPS Logo
Lincoln Investment
th (3)
chartway credit union
th (2)
th (1)
FarmCon large 3
Bates

Become a R.A.R.E. Leader

Respected. Accountable. Revered. Empathetic.

For three decades in the Navy, I led large organizations to overcome challenges and achieve success in the high stress world of aircraft carrier and fighter aviation. I can help you:

  1. Earn RESPECT. Build a versatile team who works with, not for, senior leadership.
  2. Embrace ACCOUNTABILITY. Create a healthy, confident workplace culture.
  3. Be REVERED. Show genuine appreciation and leave a lasting legacy.
  4.  Show EMPATHY. Earn trust to improve client confidence and team performance.

Services

John Cummings Keynote speaker

Keynote Speaking

My keynote presentations translate leadership stories from 32 years in the Navy into understandable corporate leadership lessons. The presentation will be designed to address your needs, and my lively and passionate speaking style will leave a memorable impact.

John Cummings giving a presentation

Interactive Leadership Seminars

Take the time to train your leadership team by engaging in interactive seminars.

John Cummings keynote speaker showing an aircraft carrier

Mentoring/Advising

Every leader needs someone to listen and provide unbiased, honest feedback. You’ve heard plenty about “what” it takes to be a good leader, and that’s the easy part. Let’s have a discussion about your “how.” I will offer a different perspective and provide actionable steps.

About J.J. Cummings

Responsible for what the Navy Times called the “Miracle Makeover” of the aircraft carrier USS GERALD R. FORD, J.J. has led thousands of men and women in high stress, “no-fail” environments.

His leadership approach helped his teams succeed and accomplish challenging missions in the unforgiving world of aircraft carrier and fighter aviation.

J.J., a former Navy fighter pilot, was the Commanding Officer of the most technologically advanced vessel in the world, the nuclear-powered USS GERALD R. FORD.

He was also Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS ANCHORAGE, and Commanding Officer of an FA-18F Super Hornet squadron.

He was the first Technical Advisor for the 2022 film, TOPGUN Maverick.

JJCummingsBranding 16

Prior to assuming command positions, J.J. was an F-14 Tomcat instructor pilot, a TOPGUN graduate, and successfully completed the prestigious Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program.

He completed multiple overseas aircraft carrier deployments, logged 3,900 hours and 740 aircraft carrier landings in fighter aircraft and has 137 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Education and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Thought Leadership

The Gouge Cover Photo v2
Swap your perspective

Dropping a 500-pound laser guided bomb was our solution for making a two-way conversation more productive. THE SITUATION November 2001 in the skies over Afghanistan. While in an F-14 Tomcat, my Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) and I conducted a “talk on,” or a two-way tactical conversation, with a

Read More »
The Gouge Cover Photo v2
JUST SHOW UP

When in doubt, there is no doubt: Just show up. SITUATION After speaking at UNC Charlotte last week, I had lunch with two firefighter attendees and heard this: “We have regular get-togethers at our station but the Chief never swings by. NEVER. We don’t understand why….and we really

Read More »

Keynote Speaking

J.J. is committed to improving leaders around the world by sharing the experience gained after 32 years of service in the Navy.

His “sea stories” from leading large sea-going organizations and flying high performance fighter aircraft will leave a lasting impression on the audience, expand their leadership skillset, and increase their confidence.

Play Video about John Cummings Keynote speaker showing slides
Testimonials