April 2012

Discernment: The 15th Leadership Trait?

Volume 96, Issue 4

Every Marine knows the difference between “right and wrong.” However, some cannot discern the value of right and wrong. This inability to discern prevents a Marine from effectively carrying out any of the 14 leadership traits. Therefore, the 14 leadership traits are for naught unless a Marine can discern their value. We, as leaders, can recommend, suggest, guide, and lead by the best example possible, but before learning occurs a decision has to be made, and it has to be made by the Marine. The Marine will make his decision based on what is more attractive to him at the time.

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