Leadership is a difficult subject to teach. Textbooks can go only so far, often merely providing laundry lists of admirable attributes that are worthy of emulation but quickly lose their pristine exactness when subjected to the variables of human thought and emotion. And despite their success in other realms of education, leadership training simulators are not a viable option, because computer algorithms are not well-suited to addressing the many challenges a would-be leader must face. For the Navy, the problem is exacerbated when one factors in a military chain of command that is both artificially concocted and rigidly real. Superimposing the unique conditions of shipboard life further complicates matters.
Lest We Forget—Wouk's Gift to the Navy
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)