Being a leader in the Marine Corps

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NonCommissioned Officers are the backbone of the Marine Corps. Each leader is vastly different from the other. Some Marines enjoy being a corporal only because of the increase in rank and pay. A few become the tactless leaders junior Marines try to avoid. Fortunately, many others mature into Marines who strive to become the leader that other Marines wish to emulate. They know what it means to be a good leader. Those Marines have the traits of a leader; they get to know their Marines; and they adhere to a sound leadership style. The first part consists of the fourteen leadership traits. They are as follows: integrity, knowledge, courage, decisiveness, dependability, initiative, tact, justice, enthusiasm, bearing, endurance, unselfishness, loyalty, and judgment. They are all essential for the following reasons: -Integrity: Marines cannot respect a leader who does not follow through with their actions and words. This encompasses a lot of areas such as lying and stealing. -Knowledge: Marines are taught the basics at boot camp, MCT, and MOS school. All other knowledge is expected to be acquired through on-the-job training and experience. In order to teach junior Marines, leaders must be proficient with their MOS and basic Marine Corps knowledge ranging from weapons and first aid to history and uniform regulations. -Courage: It takes courage to rush into gunfire to save a wounded Marine. It takes a whole different type of courage to speak up when another Marine is making self-destructive decisions such as excessive drinking. Such actions are detrimental to the mission, and to the Marine Corps itself. When we stop caring about our fellow brothers and sisters, the Marine Corps will cease to be a meaningful military institution. -Decisiveness: Leaders should take action instead of letting the task go undone. If no one knows

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