|Army Commissioned Officer Career Information|
Today’s leaders have the critical responsibility to develop future leaders prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges. An essential component of this development is mentoring. Mentoring is usually an informal, familiar exchange from seniors to juniors conducted with a professional and caring rapport. Mentoring will often focus on our unique military culture and will frequently address professional development concerns. It is real-life leader development fore very subordinate . Mentoring is a bout one-on-one, face-to-face counseling, focused on preparing junior leaders for increased responsibility. A successful mentor can significantly influence character and values while guiding officers through the fundamentals of branch and functional area competencies.
Mentoring begins with the leader setting the right example. Leaders mentor soldiers every day in a positive or negative way depending on how they live the Army values and function as a leader. Mentoring allows junior leaders to see a mature example of values, attributes and skills in action and to develop their own leadership abilities accordingly. Mentoring is not without a degree of risk as senior leaders share their own personal and professional experiences with junior leaders to exemplify a coaching point that builds their confidence and competency.
Mentoring requires leaders to look for and take advantage of teaching/coaching moments; opportunities to use routine tasks to build skills and confidence in subordinates. Mentoring should not be limited to formal sessions; every event should be considered a mentoring opportunity, from quarterly training briefs to after-action reviews to casual, recreational activities.
The most important legacy of today’s senior leaders is to mentor junior leaders to fight and win future conflicts; mentoring develops great leaders to lead great soldiers.
Above information derived from Army Pamplet 600-3