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Feedback: It is the breakfast of champions. Simply put, feedback is when an experienced leader helps you see how you’re doing as a leader. Feedback is like good nutrition for leaders. Leaders who take feedback seriously and listen to their mentors are successful. Leaders who skip feedback lose out. The “Leadership Expectations” chart is a feedback tool. It shows what leadership skills we expect to see from cadets during each phase.

The “Leadership Expectations” sets some goals for cadets during each phase. The plans are progressive. In other words, they get more challenging as cadets advance. Look at the goals in the “Sense of Responsibility” row. New cadets can claim success if they follow directions. From our cadet NCOs, we expect more; we expect them to follow directions and ensure airmen do, too. Cadet officers have an even more significant challenge; we hope they take full responsibility for the projects or activities they run. As cadets advance, they are expected to perform at a higher leadership level.

JLBC leaders use the goals listed in the chart to help cadets improve their leadership skills. Moreover, the chart gauges whether a cadet is ready for new challenges or if they need more time to grow. When cadets become eligible for promotion, the cadet staff uses the Leadership Expectations chart (and the JLBC that works hand-in-hand with it) to help them decide if they will recommend the squadron commander to promote the cadet.

How can cadets use the Leadership Expectations?

q Find out what leadership skills you should be working on.

q Once a month, review the goals for your phase and ask yourself how you’re doing in those areas.

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