The Importance of Counseling

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A successful leaders use praise effectively. Identifying shortcomings and then telling soldiers what must be improved are a leader’s responsibility. Praising soldiers for their improvement and proper performance is even more important. To have a soldier to continue on the right step you need and will have to give them a positive counsel more often than what you probably want to. A sincere and honest praise lets soldiers know that their leader appreciates their efforts. Praising subordinates is a simple act that takes little time but will provide many benefits. With a few positive, encouraging words and a pat on the back, the leader can recognize and reinforce desired behavior and performance. A soldier who feels that their best efforts are valued by their leader is likely to continue in those efforts. It is important that the soldier know they are viewed as a valuable member of the unit. With praise a leader can create and reinforce a positive self-image in their soldiers, making them feel like winners. This is most desirable in confusing or unclear situations where the soldier is trying to do the right thing but is uncertain of their actual performance. For example, troops in initial entry training are uncertain of themselves, but they feel a sense of pride when praised by their leaders for improved performance. Soldiers in combat also need a few words of praise to let them know they have done the right thing in a difficult situation. Some soldiers are assigned necessary but boring and not challenging tasks. They, too, must be praised for their contributions to the overall success of the unit. Praise should be a part of every leader’s normal day-to-day leadership action. Its contribution to soldier development cannot be overstated. Development counseling is a type of communication that leaders use to empower and enable soldiers. It is much more than providing feedback or direction. It is communication to help develop a soldier's ability to achieve individual and...
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