My Leadership Credo "Mission Accomplishment"
My training to become a United States Marine began when the bus reached Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. I was awakened from a sound sleep by a screaming man telling everybody to get off the bus, and get outside on the yellow foot prints. This was my first encounter with a Marine Drill Instructor. He had my undivided attention, and I followed his order without hesitation. Right before my eyes the building blocks to how to be a leader of Marines was being revealed to me. At the time I did not put two and two together, but my philosophy of leadership, "Mission Accomplishment" was born. Not until after completing my primary military occupational school in Memphis TN, and received orders to Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, located in Southern California, and checked in to my new command Heavy Medium Training Squadron 301 that my philosophy of leadership became known to me. This occurred when The first day I checked into the Avionics Division I had my initial indoctrination with the Avionics Chief. This proved to be a defining moment in my military career. In a 10 minute conversation with Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Donald D. Dewitt, he revealed my weakness as a leader. He also revealed how to use my strength's to accomplish a mission. By being firm, fair, and consistent, in my leadership, I could strengthen my weaknesses and ensure mission accomplishment. Being firm, fair, and consistent in my leadership style has always enabled me to achieve mission accomplishment. Right from the beginning, being a firm leader proved to be my toughest challenge. I inadvertently alienated others and made myself unapproachable to both my peers and subordinates. I accomplished this by micro managing, stating my opinions and wishes, and issuing orders with too much force. My professional demeanor I projected was of a Model Marine, "with no heart." I never questioned the firmness in which I trained...
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