Joe Public as Moral Arbiter? God Forbid
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NB: There is something to be said for taking into account, certainly in politics and commanding a ship, the states of mind and morale of the crew. This is not to say that the captain is confined to leading based on what the crew tell him or that he can only lead where the crew is willing to follow, unbidden. He must show the way. Naturally he must be the best person for the job.
The obverse is true, of course: a bad captain can scuttle the ship.