Burt was knowledgeable and precise. He always was on time, always accurate.
Cove was commanding and demanding. You knew he was in charge, and he brooked no disrespect.
Dick was reliable and supportive, respectful of people’s ideas.
If you were going to assemble a pretty good manager, you could do worse than start by combining those four guys. Putting them all together would have been impossible, of course, not least because none of them would have put up with the others for very long. Independent judgment was a common characteristic of their management style.
Each of them had his limitations, too.
Don didn’t communicate well. Burt couldn’t manage larger issues. Cove was thin-skinned and prickly. Dick was poor at strategic thinking.