The Corps’ new leadership development initiative will take a fresh look at mentoring as part of a wider effort that will allow leaders more time to get to know their junior Marines, as the service continues its fight against bad behavior in the ranks.
It’s coined Leadership Development, and it will introduce a new brand of more engaged leadership that might remind Marines of what they experienced at boot camp. From values-based discussions on the rifle ranges to more one-on-one mentoring, the initiative is aimed at reminding Marines that their values and behavior shouldn’t change when they hang up their uniform for the day.
That concept applies particularly to younger groups, like lance corporals, the Corps’ most populous rank, many of whom are deeply skeptical of authority — if not outright disdainful towards it.
Marines can expect more one-on-one discussions between noncommissioned officers and their junior Marines, as well as small group discussions. Just as leaders allow time for unit physical training or professional military education, they’ll now have time for leadership development.
The commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing launched his own program called the Committed and Engaged Leadership Initiative, and officials say it’s a good example of what’s to come for all Marines.
Maj. Gen. Steven Busby has toured his wing and asked Marines to tell him what’s on their minds — and he listens. When a corporal and sergeant had the idea to build an obstacle course aboard their base, he invited them to break ground on it just days later. He has also invited lance corporals, corporals and sergeants to his home for breakfast or lunch to talk about the future of the Corps.
Pick up this week’s copy of Marine Corps Times for more on the Leadership Development initiative, or read the story on our Prime site here.
Also in this week’s issue: a two-star general details what would stay and what would go if the Corps draws down to 174,000 Marines, a look at your odds for meritorious promotion this year, and an interview with a Marine security guard who was held for 444 days during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979.