Now that I have discussed how the Marine Corps cultivates its Marines, I will move on to how they develop the leadership skills of their front-line managers – NCO Marines. Let’s begin with two of the six techniques the Corps uses and how these practices will benefit your organization.
- Leading by example is one of the Marine Corps’ primary leadership traits. The Corps regards and encourages strong leadership. A Marine NCO leads, and inspires, by being the person he wants his troops to become – respected, motivated, and squared-away. By walking the talk, you become a person your staff wants to emulate and follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they erode credibility, trust, and respect. All managers should also lead by example to get the most out of their people.
- Being a “Hands-Off” Manager is also key to leadership success. The Marine Corps values strong leadership, therefore, the Corps discourages micro-management. Micro-management demotivates and curbs professional growth and development. Marines are encouraged make their own decisions and manage most situations to the best of their ability. This develops their confidence and leadership skills and allows for quicker front-line decision making.
In my next two blogs I will continue my discussion on the Corps’ NCO leadership development methods. If you would like to speak with us about creating a topnotch leadership-driven company culture or have a business question or issues you would like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us via our website Contact page.