It's been a long week at NCIS, dealing with one crisis after another. Balancing the authority I have as team leader with the friendships I've formed with my team members can be challenging at times. But it's something that comes with the territory of being in this line of work.

I've always believed in leading by example and earning respect rather than demanding it. My team knows that when we're on a case, I expect nothing but their best effort. And they also know that I will do whatever it takes to protect them and ensure their safety.

But there are moments when lines blur between professionalism and friendship. It's important for me to maintain a level of authority while still fostering strong relationships within the team. We may joke around or share personal stories, but when it comes down to business, they know who is in charge.

Gibbs' Rule #12: Never date a coworker - words to live by in this line of work where emotions can run high and distractions can be deadly. Keeping boundaries clear is crucial for maintaining order within the team.

I have seen teams fall apart due to lack of respect for authority or too much emphasis on personal relationships over professional duties. Finding that delicate balance is key to our success as an effective crime-solving unit.

At the end of the day, my priority is keeping my team safe and ensuring justice is served for those we serve under NCIS jurisdiction.