LEADERSHIP AND ASSERTION (II)

Now to continue – with the essence of these matters of leadership, assertion and motivation. Any officer giving an order, regardless of its nature, must be sure that he is obeyed. If an officer does not ensure full compliance with his requirements, he may find that he has not been understood, that he might have been misunderstood or that his requirements have just been overlooked
or even forgotten. Thus the issuing of orders in the merchant fleet is quite demanding as the full obedience and compliance is every bit as important as the issuing of the orders in the first place.

So the follow up is essential. Officers, whose orders are not fully complied with, are a danger. Before giving an order, the officer must satisfy himself that the order is appropriate. If there is an element of doubt about the suitability or safety of an order, the officer might wish to reflect and check the facts more carefully. He might make a risk assessment, especially if a danger is involved, or he may take the opinion of his colleagues. This aspect matters as, once having given an order – even if only by way of a suggestion, the officer can not withdraw or cancel it without a loss of authority.

Full article, ELNAVI, January 2013, Issue 469, Page. 47

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