(See J. Burroughs, pp. 66–70, December 2014 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, U.S. Navy; Vice Director for Operations, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff—Ensign Burroughs’ prizewinning essay is a must-read for every young leader as well as those of us with a few more years of service in our Navy. His clear articulation of stoic leadership is among the most useful writings on this subject. As I read through it, I reflected on the fundamentals of shiphandling, especially the understanding of controllable and uncontrollable forces.
Ensign Burroughs encourages leaders at all levels to focus on the things they can influence and not everything under the sun. His advice to young officers to “concentrate on acting honorably and their reputation will follow” is sage advice. Well done, Mr. Burroughs . . . very well done!