Your Leader Needs You to Lead

Here’s a follow up to an earlier post on the role of a husband, aka the Captain. What you’re not going to hear from the lips of the first officer of the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise:

  • “Captain, I know what you’re going to say. But I believe we need to set a course for this planet instead of that one.”
  • “Captain, I believe the record shows that I told you not to do that.”
  • “Uhh, Captain, why are you doing that?”

The Captain doesn’t need his first officer to tell him what to do (or point out the error of his ways). I’ll be the first to admit that I commit these mistakes pretty frequently. I’m still in the maturation process.

So, what exactly should the second-in-command be doing with her skills, abilities, talents, and knowledge? Here’s what I’m learning:

  • Be just as watchful as the captain [Women seem to have a sensitive spirit to some threats, try to bring these to his attention. Don’t get annoyed if he blows it off at the time because he may bring it up a few days later… “I noticed that this seems to be a problem”]
  • Uphold his “orders” [Dad doesn’t let the kids jump on the couch but you could care less and let them do it when he’s away?]
  • Take comfort [there is a season for everything and one day you will wake up to realize that your family has passed through the tough one]



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