The 14 Leadership Traits

This is a direct cut-and-paste copy of an entry I did over on my old blogspot address....certain events have happened recently which brought this old post to, even though I'll be repeating myself, here is my two cents worth...

"OK...after today, I feel the NEED to impart some information to all of you. Since the dawn of time, there have been leaders of men...people who are known as natural "leaders" are they "natural leaders"....they were born wiith a sense of common sense and, this goes for the military...but what a lot of people DON'T know is that these traits are useful in LIFE...just basic, everyday kinda life...if you can fulfill these 14 simple rules, you will be a leader. First you lead YOURSELF, and THEN you can lead other people...and even if you are not in a leadership role, these traits will make you a better person...seriously....I am NOT joking...

Here are the 14 Leadership Traits as of the USMC...all young Marines are taught them right off the bat during their training....I assume that most few middle managers, and MOST top management have never HEARD of these traits...anyway, here they are....


Justice is defined as the practice of being fair and consistent.

Judgment is your ability to think about things clearly, calmly, and in an orderly fashion so that you can make good decisions.

Dependability means that you can be relied upon to perform your duties properly. It means that you can be trusted to complete a job. It is the willing and voluntary support of the policies and orders of the chain of command. Dependability also means consistently putting forth your best effort in an attempt to achieve the highest standards of performance.

Integrity means that you are honest and truthful in what you say and do. You put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all else.

Decisiveness means that you are able to make good decisions without delay. You get all the facts and weigh them against each other, then act – calmly and quickly – arriving at a sound decision.

Tact means that you can deal with people in a manner that will maintain good relations and avoid problems. It means that you are polite, calm, and firm in approach.

Initiative is taking action even though you haven’t been given orders. It means meeting new and unexpected situations with prompt action. It includes using resourcefulness to get something done without the normal material or methods being available to you.

Endurance is almost like courage. It is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by your ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship. A lack of endurance in a combat situation is sometimes viewed as cowardice. In peacetime, endurance is the quality of withstanding pain. For example, enduring pain during a conditioning march in order to improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership.

Bearing is defined as your general appearance, how you conduct and carry yourself. Your personal appearance and the condition of your clothing and equipment should be outstanding. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control.

Unselfishness means that you avoid making yourself comfortable at the expense of others. Be considerate of others. Give credit to those who work well rather than take the credit for yourself.

Courage is what allows you to remain calm while recognizing fear. Moral courage means that you have the guts to stand up for what is right and to accept blame when something is your fault. Physical courage means that you can continue to function effectively when there is physical danger present.

Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information and that you understand people. Your knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job and your MOS, you should know your unit’s policies and keep up with current events.

Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. The motto of our Corps is Semper Fidelis! You owe unwavering loyalty up and down the chain of command, to seniors, subordinates, and peers.

Enthusiasm is defined as a sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of your duties. If you are enthusiastic, you are optimistic, cheerful, and willing to accept the challenge of the Marine Corps.

If you can do these will go faaaaaar, pilgrim...
on a side note, just to help you all remember these as you travel through your normal lives, the acronym for these traits is JJ DID TIE BUCKLE...."

by Eric on October 31, 2003 | Comments(1) | Military Stuff

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nice post. thanx it helps me in my masteral-midterm.

posted by: joan on February 29, 2004 11:27 PM