On the Importance of Leadership
(See Page 335, Whole No. 205)
Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. Navy.—Owing to my absence in the Far East, the March number of the Institute's Proceedings has but recently come into my hands, hence this belated appreciation of a most admirable article by Captain Knox.
Supplementary to his remarks, which deal chiefly with instruction and study in the matter of leadership, I would like to suggest that something may be done in actual training for command. It is threshing out old straw, I admit, but I cannot lose so good an opportunity as this to deplore the denial to all, except a favored few in each class at the Naval Academy, of exercise in this art. Many graduates hear their voices in giving orders for the first time on going on board a ship. This is regrettable and avoidable. Is it fair? Upon what grounds can it be justified?