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I’m truly blessed and privileged to add some words of wisdom to what has already been shared by this impressive group of senators from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps.

I believe the development of ethical leaders firmly rooted in the Marine Corps’ heritage of selfless service, core values, and warfighting excellence is the life blood of the Marine Corps.  With that, a call to action to dedicate ourselves to our leadership principles that have stood the test of time.

Leadership Principles

  1. Know yourself and seek self-improvementYou are never done growing as a leader.
  2. Be technically and tactically proficientKnow your business.
  3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actionsBe accountable.
  4. Make sound and timely decisionsBe wise and decisive.
  5. Set the exampleMore is caught than taught.
  6. Know your Marines and Sailors and look out for their well-being – Marines and Sailors don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
  7. Keep your unit informedNo team ever failed because of too much honest and effective communication.
  8. Develop a sense of responsibility in subordinatesYou are responsible for the development of the physical, mental, and moral welfare of the Marines and Sailors in your organization.
  9. Ensure the task is understood, supervised and accomplishedSet clear expectations and goals, then teach, coach, evaluate, and hold Marines and Sailors accountable.
  10. Train your Marines and Sailors as a team – Organizational Culture is your job.
  11. Employ your team in accordance with its strengths and capabilities – Create an environment in which your Marines and Sailors will succeed.