14 basic leadership traits as taught by United States Marine Corps can be summarized by simple acronym used to remember these 14 traits. “J.J. DID TIE BUCKLE”
Each letter in the acronym corresponds to the first letter of one of the traits. By remembering the acronym, you will be better able to recall the traits.
The 14 leadership traits are qualities of thought and action by which, if demonstrated in daily activities, help leaders earn the respect, confidence, and loyal cooperation of others. It is extremely important that you understand the meaning of each leadership trait and how to develop it, so you know what goals to set as you work to become a good leader and a good follower.
The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.
Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.
The certainty of proper performance of duty.
Taking action in the absence of orders.
Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.
The ability to deal with others without creating offense.
Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.
The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.
Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.
Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.
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.
Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of the people around you.
The quality of faithfulness, to one’s seniors, subordinates and peers
The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship
Source: Bill Bickford & US Marine Corps