As a leader you have to put the well being of your

This preview shows page 60 - 62 out of 68 pages.

As a leader, you have to put the well-being of your team first; the rest will follow along easily. Marines will accomplish any mission for a leader who attempts to ensure their success by reducing obstacles. INTERACT WITH SCHOOLS - The benefits of interaction between commands and schools cannot be overstated. Any effort commands can make toward easing the transition from schools to units will better prepare Marines to meet upcoming challenges. Although armed with an education in institutional values, transitions from entry- level training to the operating forces will create friction, which can result in bad judgment. Waiting until the Marine checks into the unit to assign a mentor may be too late. Using the inbound roster and having the mentor contact the Marine before they graduate will optimize the Marine's chance for a successful transition. ACCEPTING CONSTRAINTS - Success is founded on a leader's ability to identify an obstacle, recognize and accept constraints, and find workable solutions. All units encounter the reality of operational tempo and manpower shortfalls. Limits of time, money, manpower, and other external influences will always exist. Accepting these realities as constraints, instead of obstacles, enables a leader to focus on the actual issue at hand.
Once the obstacle is properly identified, the leader can begin to determine a means to overcome it. PROVIDE MENTORS - A Marine's attitudes, ethics, and traits frequently conform to those displayed by the role models provided by the unit. Commanders must ensure that the unit provides positive, quality mentors. The interaction between the mentor and the Marine is meant to guide the Marine through their new career, helping them to understand the institutional values and expectations while delivering knowledgeable training. For this reason special consideration should be taken when recommending Marines for promotion and selecting those to fill leadership positions. Their role as mentors will greatly affect the success or failure of the Marines in their charge. USE TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET - The Marine Corps homepage provides an accessible location for storing and retrieving information. This site includes copies of ALMAR and MARADMIN messages used to communicate information to Marines. Leverage technology to maintain contact with peers and mentors. The Internet can be used to provide input and exchange ideas with peers on successful techniques used to reduce obstacles. EDUCATE LEADERS - Any changes to recruit training and SOI always lead to misconceptions that training is not as good or as tough as it used to be. These misconceptions cause negative attitudes and lower expectations. To dispel misconceptions, leverage your leaders recent drill instructors, SOI instructors, and recruiters in the command.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture