Why was Benjamin Sisko appointed captain of DS9 given that he has a foul temper with poor emotional control?

Benjamin Sisko is prone to emotional outbursts. He has a foul temper and has poor emotional control compared to Picard. Why was he appointed captain of DS9 given these weaknesses?

Bosses with foul tempers make poor leaders because they are unpleasant to work with. Would you want to work under such a boss?

The question above appears to be incorrect. Ben Sisko was appointed commander of DS9 and then later was promoted to captain. Others' answers included the correction, but should the question itself be edited?

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Since the edit (if done properly) would not change the fundamental basis of the question, I see no harm.

The OP clarified his question in a comment

I am questioning why he was even given a leadership role given his poor emotional control. The good leaders I have met have good emotional control.


Why was he appointed captain of DS9 given these weaknesses?


Why was he appointed to a leadership role of DS9 given these weaknesses?

does not seem like a harmful edit to me. I almost went ahead and made it myself.

  • So... Yes, as long as it doesn't alter the intent behind the question? If the intent is unclear, then just comment?
    – miltonaut
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:48
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    If the question is unclear..then yes, comment, DV or CV as you wish.
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 16, 2016 at 12:49
  • For the record, he was the captain of the Defiant before he was made a Captain. I don't believe the same applies to space stations though.
    – Valorum
    Dec 16, 2016 at 14:52

When you spot an obvious error, you should absolutely correct it, ideally as soon as possible in order to prevent the OP from suffering from drive-by downvotes (from users who've stopped by to downvote the error rather than the question itself).

In this instance, I've changed the word "Captain" (which is a glaring error, Sisko wasn't made Captain until much later in the show) for "Put in command" which doesn't change the meaning one iota but does remove the mistake.

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