Marine Corps Leadership Basics for Business – Middle Management, Part 2

In my last blog I spoke about two practices the Marine Corps uses to develop their senior NCOs and junior officers.  In this post I would like to share two additional solid techniques.

3. Informing your “Troops” is key to the Marine Corps. The Corps discourages gossip – Aka “Scuttlebutt.”  For Marines going into action, false rumors can be a deadly distraction, therefore, officers and NCOs strive to be honest, open, and forthcoming with all their reports.  As well, management should regularly share information with their people whether good or bad.  This reduces company gossip and helps build trust and commitment throughout the organization

4. Marines must take the same risks. The Corps knows that whatever the outcome, their officers will share the same fate as the platoon.  This creates a strong sense of trust and commitment.  Middle management must adopt this standard as well.  They should publicly associate themselves with projects staking their reputation upon the performance of their team.  Managers should also give credit to the team for all accomplishments and take responsibility for the team’s failure too.

In my next blog I will wrap up my discussion on how the Marine Corps develops its senior NCOs and junior officers.    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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