Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest, Second Co-Honorable Mention
What is the difference between a leader and a naval leader? At first glance, it seems only to be that a naval leader must wear a uniform. Further reflection, however, evokes other distinctions. The word "leader" brings to mind a person with good oratory skills who can motivate a group, such as the president of a major corporation. The words "naval leader," on the other hand, conjure up images of men renowned for their extraordinary exploits at sea. The phrase has a heroic sense to it, in which famous admirals such as Bull Halsey, Raymond Spruance, Arleigh Burke, and Chester Nimitz are recalled. These men of honor, bravery, and integrity were genuine heroes.