Leadership lesson that hits home


A lewd video shows that the naval service needs a refresher course in effective management. Naval commanders see themselves as exemplary leaders for Constitution or Queen and Country. We, on the other hand, are contracted to ensure that Nintendos are delivered efficiently.CaptHonors’ humour seems to have

run to all sorts and conditions of crudity with a special emphasis on same-sex behaviours. This observer thinks that the US Navy officer corps needs to return to the civility and polity and fair treatment for which it was at one time known. Bravery, valour and facing the enemy is one thing. Showing self-produced videos passing for mean-spirited humour in the guise of leadership is another.Contrary to Churchill’s harrumphing that naval traditionwas “rum, sodomy and the lash” such sentiments have no place in enlightened society or on a modern ship, naval or commercial.We manage the rum. The lash has gone overboard. Sodomy is a personal matter and no one else’s business between consenting adults in private. Sexual harassment of CaptHonors’ stripe ismore

than tasteless, it is likely skirting on unlawfulness. No service has a patent on valour or honour.We seemed to have learned in five millennia that the strange things done on the USS Enterprise are not the things we do to command our ships. Each person having command holds a special licence froma sovereign. It is an honour and privilege for any person to hold a command at sea.We cannot and should not forget that Capt Honors was the duly appointed commanding officer of a capital ship of the US Navy and holds the commission of the president of the United States.He should thereby be held at least to the standards of behaviour of flag state warrantees.

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