Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Integrity

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page.

Integrity Definition

Integrity means doing the right thing when nobody is looking.

Integrity means that you are honest and truthful in what you say or do. You put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all else.

If there’s one automatic way to leave Officer Candidates School, that would be as an “Integrity Violator.” Integrity is the number one leadership trait expected of candidates, and is the most important trait for officers to show. Integrity refers to your moral compass, your sense of honor, of right and wrong. Everything else you are as a leader hinges on your integrity, for it doesn’t matter how much you know or what experience you have if you are untrustworthy, devious, dishonest, or lack integrity at all.

Suggestions for Improvement

Be absolutely honest and truthful at all times. Stand up for what you believe to be right.

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