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Leadership for Life
Marine Corps Leadership Traits and Principles
The 14 leadership traits are qualities of thought and action which, if demonstrated in daily activities, help Marines earn the respect, confidence, and loyal cooperation of other Marines. It is extremely important that you understand the meaning of each leadership trait and how to develop it, so you know what goals to set as you work to become a good leader and a good follower.
Definition: Justice is
defined as the practice of being fair and consistent. A just person
gives consideration to each side of a situation and bases rewards or
punishments on merit.
is your ability to think about things clearly, calmly, and in an
orderly fashion so that you can make good decisions.
Dependability means that you can be relied upon to perform your
duties properly. It means that you can be trusted to complete a job.
It is the willing and voluntary support of the policies and orders
of the chain of command. Dependability also means consistently
putting forth your best effort in an attempt to achieve the highest
standards of performance.
is taking action even though you haven't been given orders. It means
meeting new and unexpected situations with prompt action. It
includes using resourcefulness to get something done without the
normal material or methods being available to you.
Decisiveness means that you are able to make good decisions without
delay. Get all the facts and weight them against each other. By
acting calmly and quickly, you should arrive at a sound decision.
You announce your decisions in a clear, firm, professional manner.
Definition: Tact means
that you can deal with people in a manner that will maintain good
relations and avoid problems. It means that you are polite, calm,
means that you are honest and truthful in what you say or do. You
put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all
is defined as a sincere interest and exuberance in the performance
of your duties. If you are enthusiastic, you are optimistic,
cheerful, and willing to accept the challenges.
Definition: Bearing is
the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect
alertness, competence, confidence, and control
Unselfishness means that you avoid making yourself comfortable at
the expense of others. Be considerate of others. Give credit to
those who deserve it.
Courage is what allows you to remain calm while recognizing fear.
Moral courage means having the inner strength to stand up for what
is right and to accept blame when something is your fault. Physical
courage means that you can continue to function effectively when
there is physical danger present.
Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means
that you have acquired information and that you understand people.
Your knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job,
you should know your unit's policies and keep up with current
Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and
to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. The motto of our Corps is
Semper Fidelis!, (Always Faithful). You owe unwavering loyalty up
and down the chain of command, to seniors, subordinates, and peers.
Endurance is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by
your ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship. For
example, enduring pain during a conditioning march in order to
improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership.
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