What I Learned from My Marine–Know Your Subordinates

Only after we learn how to lead ourselves can we effectively lead others.  The next leadership principle in the Marines’ manual that I have found to be true is:


Maybe you’re not leading Marines, but the same holds true for whoever you find yourself leading:

Know your children–know how they’re wired, how they learn best, what makes them passionate, what do they want to do in life?

Know your employees–Relational leadership is the key to success.  If you know your people you know what they’re capable of, where they’re best suited in the organization.

Know your volunteers–knowing your volunteer’s strengths and weaknesses greatly aids  your effectiveness in your ministry area. 

Do you know those you lead? How can you do better as a leader to KNOW your subordinates…

4 Responses to “What I Learned from My Marine–Know Your Subordinates”

  • I think you just have to know your subordinates. As in, you have to spend time with them. You have to do life with them. You can’t really know their strengths and weaknesses unless you know them.

  • Shanna Crawford says:

    I am really going to meditate on this!

  • ~abi~ says:

    anna, this is so good.

  • Who is your marine and why dont I know about this? :) I agree with everything but wanted to throw this one part in. You will never be able to actively pursue knowing them until you know who you are. Once you have discovered who you are, then you will be able to work on getting to know others effectively.

    In leadership this is important because once you know yourself you will know your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can delegate with direction knowing that your volunteers strengths will compliment your very own weaknesses. Then we can all jump up and down and say yeeeeee hawwwww.

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