While I appreciate both mindsets, risk-taking and risk-avoiding, I believe that the two are not - and should not - be mutually exclusive. To use the naval analogy, what qualifies as the appropriate leadership style in peace-time operations will get everyone killed during the turbulence of war. The best business leader is the one who accurately assesses which environment their organization is facing and acts (or doesn’t act as the case may be) decisively according to the coming challenges.
To draw this into real-time operations, under the current indecisive and indiscriminant orchestrations of the newly seated Federal government, business leaders haven’t the slightest clue what may be coming down the pike to rock their world in their respective market segments. As such, no one is hiring, expanding – risking anything. It would be reprehensibly foolish to do so. As in war, survival is the first line of business because if you’re not there you can’t contribute to the effort. So today’s wise business titans are tightening the belts and looking for unique opportunities which don’t require them to risk their hard-won capital.