Learn from the disastrous leadership of this ship captain
30 January 2012, 13:56
We all know about the Italian cruise ship disaster – the image of the capsized luxury liner lying marooned off the Tuscany coast was on our TV screens for many days.
However, those aspiring to leadership would do well to focus on an even bigger disaster, the man whose version of leadership caused this tragedy that has led to so many unnecessary deaths: captain Francesco Schettino.
First, consider that this gentleman caused this disaster reportedly because he was using the ship to ‘salute’ a friend who lived on the island. How many leaders similarly misuse their positions and resources to feed their own egos or private aims? Leadership is not a personal enterprise; it involves taking heavy responsibility for the lives and livelihoods of others.
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