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from Basic Officer’s School, US Marine Corp 7/13 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
“Leadership is intangible, hard to measure, & difficult to describe. Its quality would seem to stem from many factors. But certainly they must include:
– a measure of inherent ability to control & direct,
– self-confidence based on expert knowledge,
– initiative, loyalty, pride & sense of responsibility.
Inherent ability cannot be instilled, but that which is latent or dormant can be developed. Other ingredients can be acquired. They are not easily learned. But leaders can be and are made.” General CB Cates, USMC
The 14 leadership traits are qualities of thought & action – which – if demonstrated in daily activities, help Marine Officer Cadets earn the respect, confidence, & loyal cooperation of others. 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.
Dependability: The certainty of proper performance of duty to superiors & other affected parties.
Significance. The quality which permits a senior (Manager/Supervisor) to assign a task to a junior (Supv/Asst) with the understanding that it will be accomplished with minimum supervision. This understanding includes the assumption that the initiative will be taken on small matters not covered by instructions.
Bearing. Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, & personal conduct at all times.
Significance. The ability to look, act, & speak like a Leader whether or not these manifestations indicate one’s true feelings or not. Some signs of these traits are clear & consise speech, an erect posture, and business-like personal appearance + Keeping your Head by not panicing during a crisis, keeping your Word & keeping your Temper (Semper: always cool, never losing it).
Courage, is a mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a Marine [Manager] to proceed in the face of it with calmness & firmness.
Significance. Knowing & standing for what is right, even in the face of popular disfavor, is often the leader’s lot. The business of fighting & winning Wars (or the War of Competition) is a dangerous one; the importance of courage on the Battlefield (in the Market) is obvious.
Example. Accepting criticism for making subordinates work extra to get the job done correctly.
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