Friday, March 4, 2011
A Responsibility of Leadership
The ultimate test of discipline is combat. The only discipline which will surely meet the test of combat is one that is based on the fact that all hands have pride in a great service, a belief in its purposes, a belief in essential justice, and complete confidence in the superior character, skill, education and knowledge of its leaders.
All leaders must have continuous concern for their subordinates. This concern must be evident at all times, not just when the subordinates get into trouble or when the leader want a special effort. Leaders must know their people as individuals, and their men must realize and appreciate that their leaders do know them. Foremost in each man's heart is the desire to be known, to be appreciated and understood, to be an individual in the eyes of his leader and not a nameless cog in the machine.
Admiral Forrest P. Sherman
Chief of Naval Operations