Mentoring Leaders Across Race and Gender Lines: Insight from U.S. Army Officers
The importance of mentoring to career development is well recognized; yet practice
does not always follow theory, often to the exclusion of minorities and women.
Interviews with 13 US Army officers representing various backgrounds highlighted
several inequities that have been reported in previous organizational research. The
inquiry also emphasized the need for organizational leaders to create a common
operating picture to improve the execution of their mentoring programs, ensure
ongoing mentoring throughout staff members' careers, and identify and eliminate
barriers to mentoring based on race or gender. Although such efforts may require a
paradigm shift in organizational practices and culture, they are essential to ensuring
equity in the workplace, robust leadership development, a high level of commitment
and performance, and success at all levels.
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Journal of Organizational Education
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