The traits and principles of leadership are the basic fundamentals that Marines use to develop their own leadership abilities and that of their subordinates.  There are 14 leadership traits and 11 leadership principles listed in this lesson. 

Initiative Definition- Taking action in the absence of orders.

Significance- Since an NCO often works without close supervision; emphasis is placed on being a self-starter.  Initiative is a founding principle of Marine Corps Warfighting philosophy.

Example- In the unexplained absence of the platoon sergeant, an NCO takes charge of the platoon and carries out the training schedule. 

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