9A CASE STUDY IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT—THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.
—General Norman Schwarzkopf
A question that continues to linger on most people’s minds is “Can you really develop leaders?” “Aren’t they born that way?” The general population continues to wonder whether the thing called “leadership” is something implanted at birth or if it can be developed. If it could be shown that even one organization successfully transforms “regular” people into effective leaders, that question could begin to disappear. One key reason for this chapter describing the work of the U.S. Marine Corps is our attempt to put that question to bed, once and ...