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Army Field Manual 6-22 Leadership << Back to FMs
FM 6-22 combines the lessons of the past with important insights for the future to help develop competent
Army leaders. An ideal Army leader has strong intellect, physical presence, professional competence, high
moral character, and serves as a role model. An Army leader is able and willing to act decisively, within the
intent and purpose of his superior leaders, and in the best interest of the organization. Army leaders recognize
that organizations, built on mutual trust and confidence, successfully accomplish peacetime and wartime
missions. Organizations have many leaders. Everyone in the Army is part of a chain of command and functions
in the role of leader and subordinate. Being a good subordinate is part of being a good leader. All Soldiers
and Army civilians, at one time or another, must act as leaders and followers. Leaders are not always
designated by position, rank, or authority. In many situations, it is appropriate for an individual to step forward
and assume the role of leader. It is important to understand that leaders do not just lead subordinates—they
also lead other leaders.

Counseling and DA Form 4856
Army Developmental Counseling is central to leader development. Leaders who serve as designated raters
have to prepare their subordinates to be better Soldiers or civilians. Good counseling focuses on the
subordinate’s performance and problems with an eye toward tomorrow’s plans and solutions. The subordinate
is expected to be an active participant who seeks constructive feedback. Counseling cannot be an occasional
event but should be part of a comprehensive program to develop subordinates. With effective counseling,
no evaluation report—positive or negative—should be a surprise. A consistent counseling program
includes all subordinates, not just the people thought to have the most potential.

FM 6-22 Leadership >           DA 4856 Counseling Form >         DA 2166-8 NCOER Form >
This Soldier needs to be counseled and then smacked around a bit
Are your Soldiers out of control?
As Non Commissioned Officers, it is our
responsibility to counsel our Soldiers on a
monthly basis and when they fail to follow

Counseling Soldiers on a DA Form 4856 >>>
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