Essay on Leadership by Explanation / Example

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"In order to be a good leader, there are two things to remember. Lead from the Front and always set the Example. From these two leadership principles, everything else will fall into place."
These are the words that have ended all of my counseling sheets with since I began writing them as a Corporal and will continue to do as long as I counsel Marines.
I was brought up in the Marine Corps with this philosophy and have adopted it as my own. Leading from the front is often times one of the leadership principles that is easier said by some than actually done. Those so called leaders that would tell their Marines to do something that ‘they' would never really do themselves. Coming in font of your Marines on a Monday morning without a fresh
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Although the battle may not progress as planned, the mission always remains the same.
As an individual Marine from the rank of Lance Corporal and below, it is ultimately your responsibility to take care of yourself. At the rank of Corporal and Sergeant you become more of a controller. For example, a fire team or squad leader. Staff Sergeants of Marines, as I have come to realize are more like administrators at the platoon level. And by administrator I mean several different things. From teaching a young Lieutenant and mentoring the upcoming Non-commissioned officers to holding Marines to all standards and being able to follow through with the paper work. The Gunnery Sergeant and Master Sergeant billet is where you learn the logistics of the organization. And the First Sergeants responsibility is to the entire unit. From assisting the Commanding Officer to watching out for and listening to the enlisted men of the company. Broken down into a sort of family tree, it would look something like this. The Sergeants Major and Master Gunnery Sergeants resemble the grandparents, the all knowing and all seeing. The First Sergeants are the parents or the preserver of the families. Staff Sergeants through Master Sergeants are the older siblings, the ones that have been there and done it all. The disciplinarians of
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