11 Marine Corps Leadership Principles for Entrepreneurs

Here’s the 11 Marine Corps Leadership Principles that I have used as a Veteran Entrepreneur. After 19 years in business, I’ve learned one thing. If you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything.

Have I been perfect? Of course not. However, the more I deviated from these principles the more I found challenges, unexpected setbacks and lacked building a cohesive team.

Revisiting what I learned in the Marine Corps helped me transition from military life to the civilian boardroom.

Best part? I get to share these Marine Corps Leadership principles that I have adapted on the #1 channel on YouTube for Entrepreneurs – Valuetainment.

Patrick Bet-David has been directly mentoring my wife and I the past 3 years. At our 2nd annual Million Dollar Retreat held at the Oheka Castle in Long Island, NY the idea of reaching out to the veteran entrepreneur community was born.

Over dinner, Patrick says, “You always talk about your Marine Corps experiences every time we talk about building your business. What don’t you develop videos that reach out to other veterans?”


As since Jan 2017, I’ve been creating content that would appeal to the Veteran Entrepreneur community. I still have a long way to go but I’m pluggin’ away.

11 Marine Corps Leadership Principles for Entrepreneurs 

  1. Be Technically and Tactically Proficient – Commitment to Excellence, Being a Student of your Industry and Business. Knowing what to initiatives and strategies to deploy and when.
  2. Know Yourself and Seek Improvement – Never being satisfied with “good enough for government work” and being confident in your abilities.
  3. Know Your Marines and Their Welfare – Build on Your People’s Strengths, Knowing Who or What to Add for the Task at Hand and Leading with Compassion
  4. Keep Your Marines Informed – Communicate Often, Well and Seek Constructive Feedback
  5. Set the Example – Demonstrate integrity by leading from the front. Your people should see your back, figuratively, more often than seeing your front.
  6. Ensure the Task is Understood, Supervised and Accomplished – Know what is before you, employing your team’s strengths and abilities towards it, assisting when appropriate along the way and getting the job done.
  7. Train Your Marines as a Team – a team that bleeds, sweats and grinds together naturally creates the highest morale and brotherhood
  8. Make Sound and Timely Decisions – Identify areas of improvement or potential leaks. Plan and implement strategies effectively that heighten performance and avoid mistakes.
  9. Develop a Sense of Responsibility in Your Marines – Allow your people to take ownership, pride and legacy in their work. Don’t be a micromanager, allow your people to make mistakes and lean on your input for ongoing development to reach new levels.
  10. Employ Your Unit in Accordance with It’s Capabilities – Recruit, train and develop your people to operate in any stage of business. Make sure you have the right people on the bus, sitting in the right seats in the right vehicle that is going in the right direction
  11. Seek and Take Responsibility for Your Actions – If it’s going to be, it’s up to me. With your successes, be willing to accept your failures. Be authentic and value constructive criticism.

Well there you have it! Please drop your thoughts, comments and feedback on how the Marine Corps Leadership Principles may have helped you run your business differently.

Since the posting of this video on my blog it has already received 17,400 views and over 194 comments.

We will definitely be doing more of these videos as we lead a movement of entrepreneurship for military veterans!