Humble Servant Leadership: A Reflection on Best Destiny’s Captain April – Warp Factor Trek

This is one of the life lessons that Captain Robert April passes down to troubled sixteen-year-old Jim Kirk in Diane Carey’s 1992 novel Best Destiny, a sequel to her 1988 novel Final Frontier. In Best Destiny, April, as Jim’s godfather, shaped and mentored Kirk into the great leader we know from TOS. “Robert” (as April is most often referred to in the novel) did so by passing on his wisdom and experience to young, rebellious Jim and by modeling in his life what true leadership and sacrificial manhood look like.


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