In a letter to his son, the Marshal de Belle Isle wrote, "If you ever make any mistakes, be quick to admit and especially comet them. While this manner of conducting oneself is totally natural and is not deserving of praise, it will however draw praise for you, will win you hearts, and will allow you to pardon mistakes in others."1 For Marines, admitting mistakes often is difficult, but we would do well to follow the Marshal de Belle Isle's advice. Indeed, Marine leaders who cannot admit their mistakes create numerous problems for themselves and their units. Conversely, leaders who have the moral courage to face their mistakes will gain the increased respect and confidence of both their subordinates and superiors.
Leadership Forum: "'The Few, the Proud"—and the Humble?"
By Captain Timothy Mundy, U.S. Marine Corps