Leadership Traits

U.S. Marine Corp’s 14 Leadership Traits:

BEARING
Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, and personal conduct at all times.

COURAGE
A mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a Marine to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.

DECISIVENESS
Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear, forceful manner.

DEPENDABILITY
The certainty of proper performance of duty.

ENDURANCE
The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship.

ENTHUSIASM
The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.

INITIATIVE
Taking action in the absence of orders.

INTEGRITY
Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles.

JUDGMENT
The ability to weigh facts and possible courses of action in order to make sound decisions.

JUSTICE – Giving reward and punishment according to the merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.

KNOWLEDGE
Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Marines.

LOYALTY
The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, and unit, and to one’s seniors, subordinates, and peers.

TACT
The ability to deal with others without creating hostility.

UNSELFISHNESS
Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

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