Picard: I was going over Will's file when I was looking for my first officer, and his was very much like all the others. I was about to put it aside and move on to another file, when something caught my eye. Apparently, there was an incident on Altear III when Will was first officer of the Hood. He refused to let Captain Desotto beam down during a crisis. He disobeyed a direct order, and he risked a general court martial because he thought he was right. Now when I read that, I knew I had found my number one.
Pressman: You wanted someone with a history of disobedience?
Picard: I wanted someone who would stand up to me. Someone who was more concerned with the safety of the ship and accomplishing the mission than how it might look on his record.