Marine Corps Leadership Traits


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Once a Marine, always a Marine! As a Marine, you must hold yourself to the highest of all personal standards. Marines share common leadership qualities, and when demonstrated thoughtfully, help Marines earn the respect, confidence, and loyal cooperation of other Marines. Anyone can reach for the same leadership standard set by the USMC, so learn the goals and work to become a good leader and a good follower.

Marine Corps Leadership Traits

  1. 1. “We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn't go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.” Pvt. Mike ArmendarizClark
  2. 2. “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.” ~Ronald Reagan
  3. 3. Leadership traits which help Marines earn respect
  4. 4. JUSTICE 1 FAIR AND CONSISTENT—Be honest with yourself about decisions. Avoid favoritism. Treat all people, and things equally.
  5. 5. JUDGMENT 2 GOOD JUDGMENT—Don’t make rash decisions. Handle problems with a common sense attitude.
  6. 6. DEPENDABILITY 3 RELIABLE—Be on time, avoid making excuses, and handle every task to the best of your ability.
  7. 7. INITIATIVE 4 TAKE INITIATIVE—Stay alert. Be aware of things that need to be done and then to do them without having to be told.
  8. 8. DECISIVENESS 5 GOOD DECIONS WITHOUT DELAY— Be positive in your actions. Act with conviction avoid changing directions on an issue.
  9. 9. TACT 6 MAINTAIN GOOD RELATIONS—Be courteous and cheerful at all times. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  10. 10. INTEGRITY 7 HONEST AND TRUTHFUL—Be honest and truthful at all times. Have a backbone, stand up for what you believe is right.
  11. 11. ENTHUSIASM 8 INTERESTED AND EXUBERANT— You are enthusiastic, optimistic, cheerful, and willing to accept the challenges.
  12. 12. BEARING 9 COMPETENT, CONFIDENT, AND INCONTROL—Reach for the top standards of conduct. Just getting by is unacceptable.
  13. 13. UNSELFISHNESS 10 CONSIDERATE—You give credit to those who deserve it and avoid using your authority for personal gain at the expense of others.
  14. 14. COURAGE 11 REMAIN CALM WHILE FACING FEAR—Practice self-discipline and calmness. Force yourself to control your reaction to fear.
  15. 15. KNOWLEDGE 12 KNOWLEDGEABLE—Remain alert. Listen, observe, and find out about things you don't get. Study, and stay current!
  16. 16. LOYALTY 13 DEVOTED—Never discuss problems with outsiders. Never talk about seniors unfavorably in front of your subordinates.
  17. 17. ENDURANCE 14 MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STAMINA— Engage in physical training and finish every task to the best of your ability.
  18. 18. Created by Michael Kaplan, based on Marine Corps Leadership Traits.