'Worse Than A Crime-A Mistake'
(See J. M. van Tol, pp. 24-27, May 2008 Proceedings)
Master Chief Torpedoman's Mate (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) M. R. Vimislik, U.S. Navy—Captain van Tol hit the nail on the head, and it's frustrating that his viewpoint is not publicly echoed by more senior enlisted and officers. In our zeal to avoid the smallest blemish or any bad press, leadership by micromanagement flourishes. This zero-defect ethos is not only inefficient in terms of mission accomplishment, but denies opportunities for subordinates to develop the core competencies they'll need to become leaders.