Leadership Development

 

Famed leadership guru John C. Maxwell correctly states, "Leadership is influence -- nothing more, nothing less."*  Being a Marine entails a lot of training, discipline, and learning how to fight.  Along the way, all Marines engage in follwing and leading to one degree or another.  Good leadership and the ability to influence others is absolutely essential for mission success whether in the Corps or out.

 

Warfighting is about influencing the enemy to quit by means of violence or the threat thereof.  After their time in the Corps, Marines will inevitably be asked to carry out other tasks that may have nothing to do with warfighting, but there is one factor that will persist regardless of the endeavor:  friction.   According to pg. 5 of MCDP1--Warfighting, friction is "The force that makes the apparently easy so difficult."  Friction is nearly always present when people are involved in accomplishing a task.  Differing opinions on how to go about the matter always creates some amount of friction.  Good leadersship and the ability to influnce other can help reduce friction regadless of the environment.  All Marines can think of exampes of easy tasks made difficult by poor leadership and hard missions made easy by good leadership.

 

Reviewing these two manuals will help you remain cognizant of why leadership matters and what it means to be a Marine even after you finished your time in service.  Continue practicing "Semper Fidelis".  Apply the principles instilled in you while in the Corps to help improve the conditions around you (Churches, families, businesses, communities, etc.).  Always continue to develop as a leader.

 

MCDP1 -- WARFIGHTING                   FMFM 1-0 -- LEADING MARINES

Read MCDP1-- Warfighting                Read FMFM 1-0 -- Leading Marines

 

 

THE 11 LEADERSHP PRINCIPLES

Be technically and tactically proficient

Know yourself and seek self improvement

Know your Marines and look out for their welfare

Keep your Marines informed

Set the example

Ensure the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished

Train you Marines as a team

Make sound and timely decisions

Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates

Employ your unit in accordance with its capabilities

Seek responsibility, and take responsibility for your actions

 

THE 14 LEADERSHIP TRAITS

Judgement

Justice

Depandability

Integrity

Decisiveness

Tact

Initiative

Enthusiasm

Bearing

Unselfishness

Courage

Knowledge

Loyalty

Endurance

 

*Maxwell, John C. (1998).  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  Nashville, TN:  Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 17.

 

 

 

 

 

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