Marine Corps Leadership Analysis

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“Know yourself and seek self-improvement. Use the leadership traits to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. An accurate and clear understanding of yourself and a comprehension of group behavior will help you determine the best way to deal with any given situation.” This is a leadership trait adapted from the United States Marine Corps. As an active duty Marine and Marine leader, for most of my adult life, I had to constantly use this to not only understand who I was, but to also be an effective leader of Marines.

In keeping with the Marine Corps leadership principle, I must know myself and improve to stay with the pace of this program. The doctorate program is a unique factor for me. I had preconceived ideas of what I thought the program would be like, but it’s like jumping into a swimming pool, you do not know how cold or warm the water is until you are submerged in it. And now that I am in it, I know that I must sink or swim; I choose to swim. This
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Time, at this point, is what confronts me daily. Prior to this program, I had organized my time to accomplish the tasks that I had before me. Since beginning this program, there are not enough hours in the day. It has been 6 weeks into this program and I am not able to find enough hours. I have delegated responsibilities, cut back on extra activities and it still doesn’t seem like enough.

The Diocese of Ottawa says, “Ordained clergy depend heavily on the voluntary services of lay people to expand the life and witness of their churches. If one alienates a key volunteer through insistence on a strictly defined work schedule or set of benefits, a program may be jeopardized. Keeping everybody 'happy' can be a daunting task. Meetings may run longer than they should to get everyone on 'board'. This leads to tired clergy and frustrated families, weary of waiting, who need their attention when they return
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