A search for leadership books on Amazon yields over 100,000 results and there is no shortage of Naval Leadership books (including a few excellent ones) but the commercial maritime domain is strikingly different from the navy and few books look at leadership from the perspective of merchant ship officers.
Captain Parani discovered this problem when he took command of a large containership at the age of 29. The problem with existing books was not the quality of the information, it was the simple fact that it was not directly relevant to shipboard life. He wanted a book that took the best ideas and theory from literature and joined it with real sea stories. Not being able to find such a book Captain Parani decided to write one.
The result of his effort is Golden Stripes, Leadership On The High Seas, a compact and highly polished book that focuses like a laser on one specific reader, merchant ship captains, and one specific topic, leadership at sea.
Parani’s experience both aboard ship and from the birds-eye perspective of a corporate shipping executive – combined with lessons he learned as an avid reader – gave him a unique perspective on why, when and how sailors fail or succeed. Important messages are woven around engaging stories, quotes and practical leadership models, making this an indispensable book for all officers at sea.
Golden Stripes is available for purchase via Amazon.