Saturday, July 14, 2012

True Leader

“No man is a true leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and hearts of his men.”

“You see, you don’t accept the troops, they were there first. They accept you And when they do, you’ll know. They won’t beat drums, wave flags, or carry you off the grinder on their shoulders, but you’ll know. You see, your orders will appoint you to command. No orders, letters, no insignia of rank can appoint you as a leader. Leadership is an intangible thing. Leadership is developed within yourselves and you’ll get stronger as you go.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

I have a small disagreement with what anonymous says here. Any crew automatically assumes that their new Commanding Officer has the qualifications and leadership skills to properly guide the ship and her crew, and until that Commanding Officer demonstrates that he/she does not have the required skills to lead the crew effectively or to control the ship properly the full support of the crew can be expected.

That was my experience throughout my Navy career.

Very Respectfully,