Here are some attributes of quality helmsmen:
- They understand the limits of their boat, getting the most out of it without pushing it beyond it's capabilities.
- They have studied well the routes to be taken and steer clear of danger.
- They keep a wary eye on the weather and contextual conditions at all times.
- They know that the success of the journey is dependent on MANY other sailors on the boat, which have skills and expertise they do not possess themselves.
- They are focused and clear-headed, always keeping their attention on getting to the goal.
- They are emotionally strong, resilient, and unflappable.
- They learn quickly from the wisdom of others, and from their own mistakes.
- They understand that their cargo is precious and treat it as such.
- They take the shortest, safest route to the destination, and are disinclined to take diversions.
- They know when to speed up and when to slow down, when to steer to port and when to steer to starboard.
- They understand that safety trumps speed and execution trumps strategy.
"Steady at the helm" is more than just an old sailor's saw, it's a state of being that is greatly desired for those who presume to lead others.
Steady as she goes, mate.