Army Counseling and Leadership Principals Counseling is a basic responsibility of every leader and an important part of taking care of the troops. A Soldier to Soldier relationship, it recognizes and encourages good performance. Its principal objectives are developing the Soldier, improving his well-being, and resolving his problems. Military experience points out the need for leaders at all levels in the Army to counsel effectively. The traditional leadership principles, the basis for the practice of good leadership, are also necessary for effective counseling. They were developed by soldiers who have experienced many of the problems leaders will face in future years. These time-tested principles provide all leaders with a common understanding of those skills necessary to lead, motivate, and inspire others:
Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
Be technically and tactically proficient.
Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
Make sound and timely decisions.
Set the example.
Know your soldiers and look out for their wellbeing.
Keep your soldiers informed.
Develop a sense of responsibility in your subordinates.
Ensure that the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished.
Train your soldiers as a team.
Employ your unit in accordance with its capabilities.