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The Marine Corps' 14 Leadership Traits

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  • Dependability
    • The certainty of proper performance of duty.
  • Bearing
    • Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.
  • Courage
    • The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.
  • Decisiveness
    • Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.
  • 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; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.
  • Judgment
    • The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.
  • Justice
    • Giving reward and punishment according to 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.
  • Tact
    • The ability to deal with others without creating offense.
  • Unselfishness
    • Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.
  • Loyalty
    • The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, the unit, to one's seniors, subordinates and peers.


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