If you’ve never had a lousy boss, consider yourself lucky. The sad fact is that at some point in our professional lives, most of us — military and civilian alike — will encounter a superior who is an absolute pain to deal with.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is taking aim at so-called “toxic leaders” by encouraging each of the services to adopt 360-degree evaluations, a process in which commanders are reviewed by their peers and subordinates in addition to the officers who oversee them. The objective is to identify bad apples early, before they’re promoted into positions where they can poison morale and do real damage to unit cohesion.
I met with the commandant last week to discuss how the Marine Corps intends to implement Dempsey’s recommendation. He revealed a detailed plan that includes 360-degree evals for the Corps’ general officers as well as comprehensive new command climate surveys that will require participation from every Marine in a unit.
It’s a seismic shift, one that’s designed to make your work environment function better by ensuring leaders up and down the chain of command — officers and enlisted — are meeting expectations and being held accountable when they do not.
You can read the cover story now on Marine Corps Times Prime. Check it out and let us know what you think of the plan, and how it will go over in your command.