Col. George Markert, Fort Leonard Wood Marine Corps Detachment commander, spoke with Waynesville R-VI School District leaders on Thursday, June 14, at Partridge Elementary.

Markert emphasized three traits of effective leaders:

Serving as a personal example of excellence for others Demonstrating a strong work ethic Using your individual will for the “greater good”

 “If you want to inspire people to achieve greatness, you have to show commitment to something that is greater than yourself,” Markert said. “To lead, you must be firm, but fair, exude credibility and clearly articulate the mission, vision and purpose.”