The officer also needs to be flexible in decision making. That will involve being ready to change or alter a decision that has been taken. It will also involve, on some occasions, hardly taking 'a decision' at all but deciding merely to proceed until options and paths become clearer.
Being a decisive officer is important. But being decisive is appropriate only in certain situations. Far more important than being decisive alone is the ability to know when to be decisive in its classical sense and when to take decisions in a less 'decisive' way. Training will be needed for officers to develop the different types of decision making.
D. G. KIBBLE
LIEUT. CDR, RNR
with DEAN HARGREAVES