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You are their JLBC coach and mentor


JLBC: Leadership

You are their coach and mentor; help them develop their leadership skills. Likewise, be on the watch for JLBC cadets ready for new leadership challenges.

Set JLBC Goals for the Flight. Take the JLBC cadet commander's broad goals and add specificity and detail to them as you set goals for the flight. Identify what skills and subjects JLBC cadets need help with and what they need to do to qualify for promotion; help get those needs added to the squadron's training calendar. Depending on how your JLBC company develops training plans, you may be asked to draft schedules for weekly squadron meetings or special activities. Assist the cadet commander and senior staff in setting mid to long-range goals for the JLBC squadron.

Coach and Counsel JLBC Cadets. Help cadets develop their potential through informal, on-the-spot coaching. Work through your flight sergeant when possible. Likewise, formally evaluate each cadet's per- performance using JLBC Command guidelines. Assist the JLBC cadet commander and senior staff in making promotion decisions. Always be observing JLBC cadets.

Drill and Ceremonies. Lead the unit or flight during formations and ceremonies. Supervise and coach the flight sergeant and element leaders as they drill the flight.

Prepare for the Future: Cadet Deputy Cmdr. or Cadet Commander

q Keep developing your people's kills. JLBC Cadets Pay special attention to how you interact with seniors. Listen well. Explain your ideas logically. Be open to others' ideas. Show that you are willing to cooperate.

q Be level-headed and show you grasp the big picture and are not easily rattled or frustrated. Maturity and a positive attitude are two critical attributes for cadet officers.

q Work on delegation. Resist the urge to micromanage your JLBC NCOs. Give "mission-type" directions to your JLBC NCOs and allow them the flexibility to make the job their own.

q Take charge of your leadership development. Review your leadership performance. Consider using a journal to reflect on what you are learning about leadership.

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