Officers evaluate their leadership strengths and weaknesses against the 11 Leadership Principles—a list of objectives all officers live by. Because officers lead by example in everything they do, they must strive to be the living embodiment of everything the 11 Leadership Principles stand for. In doing so, officers are better prepared to determine the best course of action for any given situation.
Ensure the task is understood, supervised and accomplished
Before you can expect your Marines to perform, they need to know what is expected from them. Communicate your instructions in a clear, concise manner, and allow your Marines a chance to ask questions. Check progress periodically to confirm the assigned task is properly accomplished.
Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions
Actively seek out challenging assignments for your professional development. Seeking responsibilities also means that you take the responsibility for your actions. You are responsible for all your unit does or fails to do. Stick by your convictions and be willing to accept justified and constructive criticism.