Military and civilian professionals strive for continuous personal development. Dedicated leaders seek ways to better themselves as a means toward organizational improvement.
Thoughtful feedback is important for an accurate understanding of how seniors consider an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and for receiving recommendations for improvement. This feedback most often comes in the form of scheduled performance appraisals, positive and negative counseling, and ongoing mentoring.
Constructive criticism from peers and subordinates provides new viewpoints and recommendations to assist professionals in their pursuit of continuous improvement. This has led to development in the civilian sector of 360-degree feedback programs; so-called multi-rater reviews where individuals are evaluated by various stakeholders such as seniors, peers, customers, and subordinates. There has also been a recent push to institute this assessment mechanism in the military, with some leaders using 360-degree feedback on an individual or unit basis. Even more recently, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey announced an initiative to formalize these programs in every military department.