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Habitual Leadership

The Internet tells me that it takes about 21 days (or 21 actions) to create a habit. Can we become better leaders (and better members of society) by keeping ourselves accountable by checkboxing leadership traits? Let’s find out. Below is a table with each of the 14 leadership traits the Navy wants its leaders to embrace. Print it out and check a box when you recognize your own action as meeting the description of one of the traits.

For easy printing, here is a single page copy as a PDF: Leadership_Traits-checklist.pdf

Habitual Leadership
Leadership Trait Definition Applied
Judgment The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Justice Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question; the ability to administer a system of rewards and punishment impartially and consistently. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Decisiveness Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear, forceful manner. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Initiative Taking action in the absence of orders. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Dependability The certainty of proper performance of duty. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Tact The ability to deal with others without creating offense. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Integrity Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Endurance The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Bearing Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Unselfishness Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Courage The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Knowledge Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Sailors. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Loyalty The quality of faithfulness to country, the Navy, the unit, to one’s seniors, subordinates and peers. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Enthusiasm The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty. ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠ ⧠
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Comments

Mike Lambert

I liked this one Jason.

Mike

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