I thought this was a good interview:What Can Merchant Mariners Learn From Volvo Ocean Race Sailors?
This is my observation from working in Alaska on smaller vessels. The crew works together because they have to. It’s more difficult to get large crews to work as a team because they can get away without it.
The team is forced by the conditions and the size of our boat to work together and live in close quarters 24/7 so teamwork is a natural result.
This is another thing that confounds people, how to take advice but still be in charge:
We can’t escape the boat so we are forced to communicate well and also forced to make decisions as a team and accept the captain’s final word on the subject.