David M. Shoup
David M. Shoup was the twenty-second commandant of United States Marine Corps (1960-1963). An R.O.T.C. graduate, he began his military career in 1926, and would earn the Medal of Honor for his courageous leadership at the Battle of Tarawa during the Second World War. After the war, Shoup developed a reputation as a highly effective institutional reformer, someone who skirted self-promotion and political machinations, and instead focused on mission. In the years before he became commandant, Shoup served as Inspector General of the Marine Corps. Essential to his professional success was his authentic leadership style, which led subordinates to follow him and superiors to depend on him. A critical element of his authentic nature was keen self-awareness, including an understanding of how his early life experiences in Indiana shaped his core values, of honesty, fairness, responsibility, and commitment. Equally important to his authentic leadership was an independent-mindedness and a determination to act in accordance witl1 his moral code, regardless of the consequences. Throughout his Marine Corps career and even in retirement, Shoup utilized his self-knowledge and heightened sense of integrity to govern his everyday conduct and decision-making.
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