Leadership Traits

The Marine Corps could not be our nation's expeditionary force in readiness without Marines who are
trained to respond faithfully, courageously and decisively. These are the leadership traits that enable
Marines to lead with honor, on the battlefield and in the community.

Leadership Training

Staff noncommissioned officers (SNCOs) and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) attend professional military education (PME) courses, designed to promote Marine leadership skills regardless of military occupational specialty. This training is critical to ensuring all Marines are not only prepared, but also prepared to lead.

Every Marine is a leader

Leadership is found throughout the ranks and at every level of the Marine Corps. Every Marine is trained to act instinctively and effectively, regardless of the situation.

Marine Leadership Traits

Leaders in battle and at home

Principles such as "lead by example" and "make sound and timely decisions" are lessons Marines continue to apply at home, in the community and in the business world. Values and traits like courage, resourcefulness, flexibility and the ability to inspire, set Marines apart as leaders. See Marine leadership in the community.

Commander's intent

To ensure every Marine has the ability—and the authority—to make important decisions in the midst of chaos, or in the absence of specific orders, Marines operate according to the philosophy of "Commander's Intent." Essentially, this means that when a subordinate leader finds himself in a situation where he needs to make an immediate decision, he has the bias for action that allows him to make the decision that best supports his commander's desired end state.