Re: LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING
Jim Thrall (email@example.com)
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 09:08:57 -0800
> the gold medal goes to those adult leaders who can supervise while
> also participating as a member of the crew, nominally "under the
> orders" of the youth leaders, unless and untill it becomes necessary
> to step back into the "coach" role (or even the "boss" role) for legal
> or safety reasons.
Mark bring up some excellent points. Our ship has had the pleasure of
having Capt Bill Barton, former Commodore of American President Lines
(APL) and Master Mariner (Unlimited) sail with us on several occasions.
He is revered among the present masters of the APL fleet not as a
fun-loving guy, but as THE "Captain's Captain." He was known to throw
incompetence from the brigde faster than most people can think, and he
has written extensively on bridge team management, developing competent
cooperation among licensed officers on a ship's bridge.
When he sailed with us, he would do anything a youth member asked him
to. When he counsels, he has always done so with quiet questions. The
respect he commands by his presence is awesome. His credentials are
unmistakable, and he never has to mention them. His quiet demeanor and
meticulous attention to detail identify him as a Master, and the crew
REALLY responds to him. His example is one I hope to learn more from.
I hope that other ships around the country can find even an ex-military
leader (can even be NCO) who carries a true command presence to help
them out. These are individuals who so thouroughly understand their
roles as leaders, that they never have to say they are. so many people
resemble the object of this quote, "I cannot hear what you are saying,
because who you are is screaming so loudly."
Thanks for this thread.
Yours in the Wind and Waves,