There are a number of leadership traits USMC exemplifies. Committing to the United States Marine Corps is a minimum two-year commitment. In that period, you will learn about the 14 leadership traits USMC prioritizes.
You can learn and develop these skills on your own. Yet, entering the USMC will allow you access to a number of jobs unavailable to those outside the military. These skills will also be relevant and appealing if you choose to pursue a career elsewhere.
Justice is the consistent practice of fairness. To be just, you need to consider alternative perspectives on a topic. When you analyze a situation from multiple views, you are removing bias. When you remove bias, you are able to address challenges with a clear head. You are also able to be equitable. Providing equity refers to treating individuals based on their contributions. Treatment can occur in the form of rewards and punishment.
Good judgement comes when you are not rash but rather when you have the capacity to think clearly. You start with an understanding and grasp of problems. From this point, you are able to recognize possible solutions to the problem. Each alternative offers an equal positive or negative reaction. When exercising judgement, you consider the outcomes. Finally, upon reviewing the problem and solution consequences, you make a choice.
An individual, who is dependable, is capable of performing duties at or above a specific standard. Dependable individuals have the capability to form strong bonds with their peers. This bond is the result of trust between the two parties.
Dependability is the product of holding your commitments. Your word becomes your bond.
Integrity is not lying. When asked questions you respond truthfully at all times. Individuals with high levels of integrity understand their guiding principles, morals, as well as ethics and do not deviate from these standards. Precarious or dangerous situations are not allowances to modify your beliefs.
Decisiveness is the aptitude for making intelligent decisions quickly. Decisiveness is not simply just making rash decisions. Decisiveness is the result of creating awareness and thinking proactively so that when the time comes you are able to make smart choices. This attribute is particularly beneficial in high stress environments. The environment does not phase you, as you think rationally and calmly.
Tact is another way to say, treat others, as you want to be treated. You focus on building relationships by addressing others professionally, knowing that people have a manner of providing value at different times and in unique situations. You treat other respectfully today because you want a strong working relationship tomorrow.
Initiative is the willingness to take action on your own. Individuals who show initiative do not wait to receive directions. Rather these individuals proceed to take steps to address the current or impending situation. They are able to read the proverbial tealeaves. They do this by creating awareness for their environment using available data, interactions with others, in addition to their own intuition.
Endurance comes in two forms. First, endurance commonly refers to the ability to keep going physically. For example, physical endurance could describe a marathon runner. Secondly, endurance can pertain to mental acuteness or sharpness.
Endurance is one of the most common leadership traits of the USMS thought of by people in civilian life. Civilians consider the USMC to be a grueling experience. To survive in this environment, you need to be able to withstand the daily challenges and build your toughness resulting in grit.
Bearing is the outward appearance as seen by others. Bearing is ability to present oneself in a respectable manner. There is an understanding that the appearance of the individuals mirrors not just the sole individual but also the team.
One of the leadership traits USMC instills is unselfishness. Unselfishness is the prioritizing the good of the team. In everything you do, you should consider the impact and the consequence your actions have on the ability of others to do their jobs. Unselfish leaders do not seek praise and recognition. When they receive credit and gratitude, they mention those individuals who made their success possible.
Courage comes in many forms. Each instance contains the element of fear, anxiety, or distress. As a leader, you need to develop the asset of being morally courageous. Moral courage applies when something arises that is in direct opposition to your morals, you are able to voice your concerns. Physical courage occurs when yare are able to face fear and still take action. You are no debilitated or frozen at the presence of fear. You have an understanding that fear can only stop you if you let it.
Knowledge is the derivative of understanding a subject in depth. Understanding of a subject is the result of being informed of facts, information, as well as experience. Combing these sources allows you to be educated and well versed. Those individuals who choose not to expose themselves to an array of topics are less cultured and able to contribute to the development and progress of the team.
Loyalty means showing devotion, support, or allegiance. The USMC teaches you to trust and have faith in others including senior commanders, juniors or subordinates, in addition to other associates.
Loyalty is the result of trust. Anything you do to break or mistreat that trust leads to concerns and questions about your loyalty.
Enthusiasm is more than just a positive outlook. Energy plus excitement equal enthusiasm. Enthusiastic individuals are grateful and happier than those who are pessimistic. When you have a grasp on your responsibilities and the contributions you provide to the organizational vision, you will have a great aptitude to demonstrate your enthusiasm.
These 14 mannerisms can be developed over time in a variety of settings. You will be sure to learn the leadership traits USMC teaches you.
David Moriarty writes about leadership, life purpose, and cancer recovery. He is a teacher who works with youth. Previously he overcame his battle with cancer. Currently he is pursuing a degree in leadership.
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