LEADERSHIP COUNSELING. REFERENCES: AR 600-20 AR 635-105( OER) AR 635-205( NCOER) FM 22-100. WHO IN THE US ARMY IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE COUNSELING?. EVERYONE!. AR 600-20, PAGE 14 PARAGRAPH 2-3 STATES:
AR 600-20, PAGE 14 PARAGRAPH 2-3 STATES:
“Commanders will ensure that all members of their command receive timely performance counseling. Effective performance counseling of officer, noncommissioned officer, enlisted soldiers, and DA civilian employees helps to ensure that they are prepared to efficiently carry out their duties and accomplish the mission”……
GOING ON TO SAY….
“Providing regular and EFFECTIVE performance to all soldiers, not just those whose performance fails to meet unit standards, is a command function”
OF THE COUNSELING PROCESS?
1.) Identify the need for counseling.
2.) Prepare for counseling.
3.) Conduct counseling.
4.) FOLLOW UP!!!
Identifying the need for counseling is not just an identification of a “bad” or “good” instance. Proper counseling can and should be used in the context of improving the tasks we perform on a daily basis.
This is not to say that you will have time to formally counsel each individual when conducting training, or that you will even have the opportunity. But we should strive to do this as much as possible.
Remember, the quality time you spend in the developmental phase will pay off ten fold in two, five, even ten years down the road.
1.) Select a suitable place.
2.) Schedule the time.
3.) Notify the subordinate well in advance.
4.) Organize information
5.) Outline the counseling session components.
6.) Plan your counseling strategy.
7.) Establish the right atmosphere.
As many approaches to counseling exist as there are leaders.
We use “directive, non-directive, and combined “ approaches to fit our personal leadership styles as well as the situation.
The right atmosphere promotes 2 way communication between a leader and subordinate. To establish a relaxed atmosphere, you may offer the subordinate a seat, a cup of coffee or soda. You may want to sit in a chair facing the subordinate, since a desk can act as a barrier.
inappropriate. For example:
To correct sub- standard performance
you may want to have
the subordinate stand while you sit.
When a training weakness or other fault requires
counseling you must develop a plan of action to
resolve, improve, or overcome the deficiency.
You can be directive or work together to come up
with a plan, but the one constant, the thing that
MUST be maintained is to make the plan specific
and AVOID MAKING YOUR INTENTIONS
“Next month I want you to improve your land
Your plan must be concrete, and in direct terms.
Next week you will go through the map reading
class with 1st platoon. SGT Dixon will help you
to develop your land navigation skills, and
determine at that time if you require further
The different reasons for counseling dictate the need
or REQUIREMENT for the amount of detail in
which you record your counseling session.
If you are counseling someone in reference to a
possible admin separation, regulation requires that
you record certain information much more accurately
than what is required for general counseling.
The follow-up is in many ways the most important
part of counseling. Without an effective follow-up,
the rest of your counseling could be ineffective and
many ways incomplete. The follow-up is the method
we use to ensure that the plan of action was being
adhered to, or is even attaining the desired effect.
If it is not meeting with the desired effect, changes
need to be made AND RECORDED.