The Daily Dick: A Study in Leadership


"But this fine young savage—this sea Prince of Wales [Queequeq], never saw the Captain's cabin. They put him down among the sailors, and made a whaleman of him. But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen."

Study: We learn that Queequeq is the son of a King. But when Queequeq sails from his home island to learn in a Christian country how to better his own land, the Captain puts him at the bottom of the boat. Does Queequeq complain? He does not. He works hard, listens, and learns. Queequeq wants to be a leader, but to do so he recognizes you must learn what everyone does and respect their hard work. Queequeq is not ashamed to be one of the workers. He does not demand to be treated like a King. I think of our president who is unhappy about attending a conference where he is not the center of attention and the kind humility of Queequeq and I know which leader I would gladly choose.

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