Marine Corps Leadership Basics for Business – Front-line Managers, Part 3

In my last post I spoke about techniques three and four that the Marine Corps uses to develop their NCO Marines.  In this post I would like to share the final two methods.

5. Instilling a spirit of competition is essential to the Marine Corps. Every activity of Corps’ boot camp is a competitive event with the common goal of becoming a Marine.  Once a US Marine, this competition continues throughout their military career.  This rivalry fosters self-confidence and teamwork, as well, companies should use competition to develop their people.  It is a great tool to improve culture and strengthen morale.

6. The Marine Corps reaches out to the families of the rank and file. For all its “blood & guts” traditions, the Corps is extremely considerate of its members’ families.  It is proactive in family outreach programs and events.  No Marine is going to re-enlist if the family is not “on-board.”  Businesses must be attentive to the “other-half” of its workforce as well.  Examples of this might include Family Days, child, adult and pet day-care programs, scholarship contributions and even a “family counselor.”

In my next blog begin discussion on how the Marine Corps develops its senior NCOs and officers, and how this practice could benefit your organization.  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.

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