In the Marine Corps there are words used, almost religiously, that represent characteristics sought out in Marines. These characteristics are known as “The 14 Leadership Traits”. These traits are guidelines for Marines to follow in order to attain:
- Leadership Responsibilities
The acronym JJ DID TIE BUCKLE is used when teaching young Marines of these dispositions:
Additionally, such traits are used to explain the necessity of respect for those of higher rank; for the Corps has endowed them with their rank because they have attained these qualities and are to be emulated.
DECISIVENESS is the ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear and forceful manner. I read an article that headlined: Decisiveness Generates Momentum. To improve your decisiveness practice being positive in your actions instead of acting half-heartedly or changing your mind on an issue.“The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillation, and the effect of decisiveness itself ‘makes things go’ and creates confidence.” – Anne O’Hare McCormick (1882-1954), First woman to win a Pulitzer prize for journalism
INTEGRITY means that you are honest and truthful in what you say or do. You put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all else. Be absolutely honest and truthful at all times. Stand up for what you believe to be right.