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Counseling in the 21st Century Leadership Doctrine


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The Army’s values of Loyalty, Duty, & Selfless Service requires us to counsel.

The Army’s values of Honor, Integrity, & Personal Courage requires us to give straightforward Feedback

The Army’s value of Respect requires us to find the best way to communicate that feedback.

The purpose of counseling is:

To develop subordinates to achieve personal, professional development and organizational goals and to prepare them for increased responsibilities.

WEBSTER II’s definition:

An exchange of opinions and ideas in order to reach a decision: “Consultant”

Advice or guidance; solicited from a knowledgeable or experienced person

A deliberate plan of action, to press the adoption of; Recommend

FM 22-100’s definition:

Subordinate-centered communication which leads to the achievement of individual and unit goals.

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