An update to my previous post about Gettysburg’s homecoming:
This Navy times article provides a valuable lesson in leadership for anyone in a position of power – your rank is secondary to the needs of the people underneath you. In leadership, less is frequently more. Looks like Vice President Biden understands that:
But he kept his remarks on the ship’s PA system to less than 30 seconds.
“Welcome home, you did a great job, we’re proud of you and I’m getting out of your way,” Biden said.
When a ship pulls in from seven months, the only thing the crew cares about is getting to see their family – there are new babies to meet for the first time, wives to kiss for what seems like the first time and parents anxious to see their children safely return from their first deployment. The military and government is full of people who think that by virtue of their rank, their words and thoughts are the most important thing in the world.
Good on the Vice President for recognizing that leadership is about getting the hell out of the way.