Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Curse of Loyalty
"Loyalty- Too often we place loyalty as the highest trait we demand of those that are part of our organizations. It is given the most significant measure or weight in how we judge individuals. Sometimes it becomes blind loyalty. It can push aside integrity, honesty, openness, the willingness to offer constructive criticism. It puts pressure on the organization when loyalty becomes the ultimate trait that is desired. I much prefer the blessing of integrity. Make that the priority. Because, if you demand integrity and honesty and you allow people to speak their minds, present their views, to always come from a position of honesty and integrity that is in their own code, I think they will value an organization that is led that way. The loyalty will follow. But, the reverse is not true." Or words to that effect.
General Anthony Zinni
Well said but hard to practice, even by the General.