The U.S. Marine guide to leadership
From the U.S. Marine Corps— leaders by definition, as its members are often the first combatants in a military offensive—here’s a checklist of
strategies: leadership — Adapted from Make sure that every one of your people feels entitled to lead. Ensure that managers can never distance themselves from a subordinate’s failure. Understand that the wider his or her perspective, the more effective the leader. Lead by example. Put the concerns of your people before any task. Keep them fully informed. Exemplify mental and physical readiness. Encourage and empower your people to find solutions. Prepare direct reports for two jobs: theirs and yours. Encourage questions, even in urgent situations. Be prepared to withhold guidance and praise occasionally. Avoid close personal relationships with anyone under your authority. Be especially motivating to people unhappy in their jobs. Ask for an oral or written confirmation of your instructions. Create a team culture of self-sacrifice. Use peer evaluations at all levels. Be a teacher, not a boss. Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way, Dan Carrison and Rod Walsh, Amacom.