Monday, January 3, 2011

Advice for the captain

The captain may be a better division officer, department head, or executive office than any person in his wardroom, but if he is doing these jobs, who is doing his job?  He would only be wasting that most precious resource, the skill and motivation of his officers.  There are times the captain should step in and exercise his talent, but he is in his command position primarily to supervise experts, not to constantly be one.  Captain, let your officers do their jobs.  Spend your major effort on building a wardroom  that works together, an officer team that the crew, the chiefs, and you can respect for its professionalism and leadership.

The Captain
Commander John L. Byron, U.S. Navy
USNI Proceedings
September 1982

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good quote. Can you post the whole article?