I may be one of the greatest advocates of talking to Marines on a regular basis. There are times when conflict arises. Through the friction generated by this you may find yourself going “toe to toe” with peers or subordinates. I once read something about knowing your Marines and looking out for their welfare. Talking to them is how to meet the intent of this particular leadership principle and ensure you and your Marines see “eye to eye.” Once they do, your unit cohesion will be so tight, everyone will be “asshole to bellybutton.”
Of course, becoming too close to your Marines may lead to fraternization. A “mouth to mouth” relationship with subordinates has always been objectionable. Screw around and you may find yourself “nose to nose” with the Staff Judge Advocate.
As for me, anyone touching my body parts without permission is usually subject to a “wall to wall” counseling. Normally this continues until there is complete understanding why this was a mistake. I suppose this type of leadership style is best described as “hand to hand.”