What You Can Learn From Mutinies at Sea

In “A Brief History of Mutiny” Richard Woodman explores 400 years of mutiny at sea.  As it turns out, mutinies happened because the captain didn’t obey his own rules, and lost the respect of his subordinates.  One day he’d be firm and the next horribly lax.

The lesson for us is that your authority as a leader derives from obeying your own rules. If you’re in charge, you had better make sure that you are modeling what you expect of others, and that you respect the systems and processes inside the business.

As they say, more is caught than taught.

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