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WK 14 Notes Career CourseExamples of Marine Corps ValuesHonestyIntegrityLoyaltyEmbodiment of leadership traitsDemonstrated leadership principlesNeat personal appearance and soldierly bearingMission accomplishmentTroop welfareSelf sacrificeExamples of Personal ValuesFamilyNice car or truckCleanlinessPersonal comfortReligionHealthEntertainmentMoneyEducationFashionAcceptanceAdventureHumorIndependenceOutdoorsSelf disciplineTeamworkSelf worthWhat Are Your Values?Take a few minutes to think about and write down the things in your life that you value and how they have shaped your own decisions and actions.
Now, look at the Marine Corps values and see how closely they are aligned.As leaders, we must clarify organizational values and emphasize strict adherence to them.It is essential that leaders consistently protect these values in what they say and do. You must set the example.Saying one thing and doing another is the quickest way to diminish credibility.Once you proclaim a value, you cannot toss it aside because it might become inconvenient.Knowing the values of your Marines will allow you to communicate more effectively and provide proper guidance necessary to affect behavior and ensure discipline.You cannot influence the values of a Marine unless you first gain their trust and respect.There are three ways to determine your Marines' values and attitudes.When a Marine's personal values and attitudes differ from those of their leader orthe Marine Corps to such an extent that it affects their performance of duty, there is a values conflict.A Marine with a values conflict may become a disciplinary problem, which could lead to a hostile attitude toward authority or the organization. Disciplinary problems require a considerable amount of a leader's time andeffort, affecting your ability to train other Marines.Marines whose values and attitudes align with Marine Corps' values generally strengthen a unit.It is important for leaders be aware of such value conflicts because these conflicts can affect mission accomplishment.As a leader, you must enforce good behavior of the Marine while educatingthem to resolve any values conflicts. Adherence to our professional values must take precedence. This is what it means "to serve."When Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865 there were still five Confederate commanders who would have to surrender before the war would officially come to an end.In a private conversation with General Grant the morning of the surrender, Lee hoped that they would not be called upon anymore to cause the loss or sacrifice of life.
General Grant suggested there was not another man with such influence over the people of the Confederacy and asked Lee to advise the surrenderof all the armies as it would be followed with alacrity.