“She knows her stuff.”
Most enlisted ratings do. I very much doubt Starfleet has the time nor inclination to leave starship maintenance and operation to people who are only qualified to do percussive maintenance with monkey wrenches.
Also, as it’s turning out: CO, bad officer. CHENG, good officer.
Zhurlokh states right there that Barrett was the one who left her on the duty roster and he had no choice but put her to work.
It’s an attitude thing. Command isn’t only about barking orders and relying on formalities, it requires respect–and that respect has to be mutual. Barrett strikes me as the kind of officer who sees her subordinates as tools at best, pegs to be slotted into holes. She doesn’t care about them, and it shows.
Or maybe she does care, but doesn’t let that show–which is functionally the same thing. She certainly doesn’t respect them. With no respect going down, there’s little to no respect going up, which leads to no cohesion when things go wrong.
Meanwhile, Zhurlokh does visibly respect his subordinates.
Yes, “attitude” is a common criticism leveled again women in positions of authority. Thank you for helping me illustrate that.
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