Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way

Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way

Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way

Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way


For more than 200 years, the U.S. Marine Corps has been a paragon of world-class leadership, excelling in the areas of motivation, training, and management. Semper Fi - which since its hardcover publication has become a best-selling, business leadership classic - shows readers how to adapt these proven practices for their own organizations. Now in a paperback edition with a new introductionby the authors, Semper Fi goes behind the scenes to pinpoint what works for the USMC, showing readers how to create a training and management culture that brings out the best in all their employees. The book gives readers tough, practical tips for: • inspiring individual initiative • rewarding hard work • encouraging loyalty • working with limited resources • dealing with change • leading the troops at every level of the organization This is not, according to Dan Rather, one of those mumbo-jumbo, pseudo-philosophical books on leadership. Semper Fi is a book you will actually USE, read, and refer to again and again.


As a businessman, and a former Marine, I have spent many more years in a pin-striped suit than in a Marine uniform. Yet I have found that the incomparable leadership training I received in the Marine Corps has served me well over the years in the business world.

Marine Corps training prepared me to lead Marines into combat, but many of the lessons I learned are equally applicable to the “battlefield” of the marketplace. the intensely competitive environment of the world of commerce calls for courage, resourcefulness, flexibility, and, above all, the ability to inspire your people to follow you—even when you may be going on instinct alone.

If there was ever an organization with an abundance of leaders, at every level of the chain of command, it is the Marine Corps. If the Marine Corps were to be magically transformed into a business overnight, those of us in private enterprise would immediately be aware of the “new kid on the block.” the dedication to mission—and the ability of its leaders to inspire those under their authority—would make the Marine Corps in the business world exactly what it is in the military world: a success out of all proportion to its size.

This book is for the business leader, wherever he or she stands on the organizational ladder. Each unique Marine Corps leadership principle is revealed and briefly explained by the authors, and then applied to the competitive world of business. I am confident that the reader will find this book to . . .

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