Posted on Nov 16, 2013
SGM Matthew Quick
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Are you being honest with your Soldiers or are you trying to win a popularity contest?

Effective leadership is being HONEST with subordinates.

Too many NCOs are too friendly with subordinates and when it comes time for honest evaluations/counseling, subordinates aren't being told the "hard-truths'.
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SGT Training Management Nco/Directorate Of Training
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I agree with you MSG. Soldiers need to know exactly what they are doing, both right and wrong, so they know what to do in order to correct or maintain their actions. The same question could be asked about NCOER's. I've seen NCO's that performed at the minimum standard and were given 3 excellence, 1 and 1, among the best NCOER's because their rater didn't want to end their career by giving them an NCOER that truly reflected their performance.
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CMC Robert Young
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MSG, I concur! Frequently we have a choice, be respected or be well liked. I' m not saying it is impossible to be both, but when the effort we put in the latter is more important the effort we put into the former, everybody suffers. The member doesn't get the constructive feedback they deserve to maximize their career potential, and we don't earn the respect required to function as high speed leaders.
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CMSgt James Nolan
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SGM Quick (congrats by the way), what service are you doing your Service and your troops if you are not honest with them. I can be honest in an evaluation and provide mentorship to create the desire to improve.

Some will respond, some badly. But I have found that being honest about the good and bad, strong and weak, will provide the guidance to improve.

I have found that there really are not that many who come into work with the attitude "today I am going to be jacked up". There are some, just not many.
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