If you have been following this Italian cruise ship disaster, it was reported that the ship wreck was caused by poor leadership judgment. Eleven people are dead and 21 are still missing in the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident off the Italian coast. When leaders make mistakes, assessing the full nature of the problem is critical to executing a proper response.
Look how this captain handled this huge mistake:
Mistake #1 – The crew made repeated announcements saying, “There’s no problem. Nothing is wrong. We just have an electrical problem with the generator.” http://www.kcra.com/r/30265121/detail.html
Mistake #2 – Captain abandoned his post: “I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60 to 70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself there.”
3. Leadership failure is usually the result of poor discipline and/or bad procedures.