The story of the Marines and the Leadership Principles

November 14, 2021
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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

According to tradition, Tun Tavern was where the United States Marines held their first recruitment drive. On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress commissioned the innkeeper and former Quaker Samuel Nicholas to raise two battalions of Marines in Philadelphia. The tavern’s manager, Robert Mullan, was the "chief Marine Recruiter"

Over the years the marines developed leadership principles. By 1961 they had developed the leadership principles we know now. There are 14 of them: Bearing, Courage, Decisiveness, Dependability, Endurance, Enthusiasm, Initiative, Integrity, Judgment, Justice, Knowledge, Loyalty, Tact, and Unselfishness.

A few years it inspired me to create my own leadership principles. Those that I use to lead my companies with. I’m sharing them now with you so you can also be inspired to create your own. Principles that you lead with so that your company knows what they stand for.

I won’t say that this is my final product, but for now I’ve decided on ISPARK. I rearranged the words so that it made a word I could remember and use often. Always feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Written by Tristan Ahumada