The leadership qualities required for success in MARSOC are in line with those required for successful leadership in any Marine Corps unit. SOO Principles, codified by the Marine Special Operations School, are:
- Own the institution.
- Provide leadership at the point of friction.
- Be able to integrate and combine capabilities.
- Lead planning, bridging top-down requirements with bottom-up solutions.
- Influence higher, adjacent, supporting commands and host nation partners to help achieve the desired end state.