JLBC Commander’s Leadership
JLBC Successful Commands
Cursory evaluations cannot discriminate between units that look good and those that are genuinely excellent. So, what characteristics distinguish “excellent” commands from the rest? The following Pillars of Excellence have been selected. They are not a panacea. However, they are commonly found in successful units in peace and war. Furthermore, they provide clear objectives for your command during times of peace that will contribute directly to your command’s success in combat.
Pillars of Excellence
Strong Commanders. The Commander is the key. Superior commands have superior commanders. Characteristics of excellent commanders are:
-Lead by Example. They never ask the command to do something they cannot or will not do themselves. They are out sharing hardships with their Cadets.
-Involved. These commanders make it their business to have their fingers on the pulse. -They are not the types who spend a lot of time in their offices. Instead, they get out and walk around. They are good listeners and can put their Cadets at ease. -Delegate. They understand that they must operate today just as they will be forced to operate on the modern battlefield. They cannot make every decision themselves while operating in a distributed environment; they develop initiative and sound judgment in their subordinates.
-Bold – Risk Taker. These commanders lead the way in innovative training and are genuinely constantly looking for ways to improve their command’s ability to execute the mission. -Competent. They are technically, tactically, and administratively competent. Additionally, they are constantly studying to improve their knowledge and skills.
-Teacher. Excellent commanders are teachers of their officers and their Cadets. Their ability to convey their knowledge, experience, and professionalism to the Marines is essential.
Balanced Excellence. An excellent command does well in every area. An order with balanced excellence has no weak points. It may be better in some things, but it can hold its own in all areas. Tactical, logistical, and administrative soundness is prevalent. Excellent commands continually work to improve those areas where they may need to improve. These units do not peak for one event; instead, they maintain high-performance levels in all areas.
Focus on the Mission. These commands have an overriding sense of mission. They generate a sense of realism and excitement about their mission. All these commands in the garrison contribute to improved performance in the field and combat. These commands do everything well, but mission-related tasks have a higher priority. Training to fight and to win in battle has the highest priority.
Strong Unit Identity. Excellent commands develop strong comradeship – a feeling that they are one. In intramurals, a field exercise, or combat, these units do not just come to fight; they come to win. In these commands, the Cadets say they are the best and believe it. They have tremendous pride in themselves, their leaders, and their knowledge. The Commander develops a “winning spirit” in their Cadets. Once that togetherness is set, there is much positive peer pressure to meet the high unit standards. The more they are challenged, the better they like it.