1. POSITIVE LEADERSHIP AND THE RIGHT ATTITUDE. Leadership must be by example. At first, harsh and unfamiliar conditions tend to be frightening. Marines will find themselves up against many challenges they have never met before and the environment will constantly remind them that they can become a casualty if they make mistakes. Aggressive leadership, which consistently meets and overcomes the challenges of the environment, is essential to mission accomplishment. There will be two enemies to contend with: the enemy soldier and the environment itself. The first step towards defeating these enemies is getting your Marines in the right mental attitude. The leader must maintain a positive attitude towards the mission, his Marines, and the equipment they have to carry out the job. You can be defeated psychologically, if you are not aware of the symptoms of a poorly motivated unit.
a. Core Values applied in a survival situation. Core value are very applicable to leadership in a survival situation. In the absence of constant adherence to our core values, subordinate Marines may suffer the consequences of injury and in extreme cases, DEATH.
b. Honor. Honor is integrity, responsibility, and accountability. Without honor in this type of environment, decisions are made with inaccurate and/or misleading information. Dishonorable actions or intentions ultimately lead to unethical behavior...trust between Marines will erode, dependability will become unimportant, and the resulting consequences to energy conservation will greatly affect a unit's cohesion and ability to accomplish its mission.
c. Courage. Courage is doing the right thing for the right reason. Courage in this type of environment for small unit leaders to take charge of their unit. The added stress and pressure induced in mountainous terrain makes the tough decisions even tougher to make: courageous leaders take that extra step. Trust and confidence in leadership is built upon thorough training to ensure their men are capable of overcoming the fear and uncertainty of enemy and the harsh environment. A few examples of courage are:
(1) Ensuring Marines have the proper clothing on for the task they are performing.
(2) Ensuring Marines are maintaining security, regardless of weather conditions.
(3) Preventing lethargy and laziness from affecting a marine's decision making skills.
(4) Rising to the challenges of a harsh environment, and beating the cold weather with solid leadership.
d. Commitment. Commitment is devotion to the Corps and your fellow Marines. Without commitment, unit cohesion will break down. Marines must know that their safety and well-being rests upon others. Likewise, Marines must provide the same safety and well-being for themselves and others. Only through this type of commitment will a unit successfully accomplish it mission.
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