Teaching leadership through the years I have focused on the importance of basic traits and principles. As we mature it becomes so easy to overlook the basics. This usually happens because we become over confident in our abilities or, as mentioned in the previous blog; we get cocky. Success in all areas of life can most often be broken down into how well one performs the basics. The Marine Corps teaches 14 leadership traits. These 14 traits are the foundation by which true leadership can be built. You don’t have to join the Marine Corps to become a proficient leader. However, there is a great deal that can be learned from the way the Corps teaches leadership, which is by starting with the most basic leadership traits and principles.
The basics start at home. Let’s take the military aspect out and focus on something that pertains to all of us; home. Whether you’re single and live in a one bedroom apartment or a family of five living in a three thousand square foot house, leadership traits still apply to daily success. For example, initiative; is an important trait and a basis for developing a well-rounded leadership style. Decisiveness is another trait to be applied daily. There are important decisions to be made in any home environment. The outcome of poor decisions always have consequences. Being a single parent I know that on days I lack initiative it affects my daughter as much as it affects me. The leadership traits I display at home have a continuing effect on how I will perform my job. If you want to sharpen your leadership skills, evaluate who you are at home. If you can be a leader at home, you will be a leader in your profession.