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Question:
What are some things a leader can do to sustain an organization?

Answer:
In addition to effective leadership and good business practices, a leader needs to communicate a vision for the organization’s future. Develop a plan that includes achievable goals for its members and outline a strategy for attaining them. Leaders need to identify individuals in the organization who exhibit a potential for advancement to higher-level leadership positions and groom them through training and mentorship to accept those positions. There are many things a leader can do to sustain an organization. Much depends on the organization’s purpose, vision, and resources. Learn more about strategic planning and leader development through the references listed.

Question:
What are some things I should do as a mentor?

Answer:
Most mentoring programs offer training to individuals interested in becoming a mentor that provides some ideas on what you can do with your mentee. For example, this training may include information on: how to be an effective listener; how to give constructive feedback to your mentee; how to encourage creativity from your mentee; how to manage the relationship (setting guidelines to follow); how to share experiences and provide guidance, etc. Mentors offer experience in a wide range of areas (e.g., organizing priorities, managerial style, interpersonal style, intellectual pursuits, financial issues, balancing demands of family and career, risk taking, etc.). As a mentor, you should develop ways to share those experiences that best meet the needs of your mentee. Also, goal setting is often an important part of a mentor/mentee relationship. Help your mentee set goals for himself/herself and assist him/her in developing a strategy to achieve them. Do not make decisions for them, but guide them in ways that allow them to make their own choices. These are just a few ideas of what mentors can do. Learn more from the specific organization with whom you are a mentor and/or the resources provided here.

Question:
What are the principles of adult learning?

Answer:
The principles of adult learning (based on work of the author, consultant, and esteemed educator, Malcom Knowles who was a pioneer in this field) suggest that adults tend to learn best through self-discovery, when the material is personally beneficial, when they take responsibility for determining what they learn (goal-oriented), and from experience combined with feedback.

Question:
What do I need to know about orienting and training new volunteers?

Answer:
Most volunteer organizations have specific procedures to follow. However, in general, new volunteers should complete the organization’s registration paperwork (typically an application, code of conduct and confidentiality agreement, etc.), and be given an overview of any other administration procedures such as receiving immunizations or getting a background check performed (typically required if working with children), recording their volunteer hours, and what to do if they are unable to report to their volunteer job. Volunteers should be given an overview of the organization to include its history, organizational structure, mission, services, etc.; and volunteers should be given instructions or specific training for the work they will be performing. Volunteers should be treated as if they were employees of the organization. Learn more about volunteer management from the leaders at your specific agency, your community volunteer coordinator, and from the references listed here.

Question:
What effect does a mentor have on a new member of a group?

Answer:
Mentors provide support, direction, insight, and advice to build an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. Connecting a new member of a group with a mentor is a great way to help the individual fit in. If it is a workplace environment, the mentor can reduce the learning curve for the new member.

Question:
What is a mentor?

Answer:
A mentor is defined as someone, typically older and/or more experienced, who provides advice, support, and encouragement to a younger and/or less experienced person. A mentor should be honest, sincere, and trustworthy.

Question:
What is Army Family Team Building (AFTB)?

Answer:
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a volunteer-based program within the Army Community Service (ACS) organization with a central tenet to provide training and knowledge to spouses and family members to support the total Army effort.

Question:
What is the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)?

Answer:
The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) provides transition/retirement assistance to Soldiers, Army civilian employees, and their family members to help them successfully transition from military and federal service.

Question:
What is the Upward Mobility Program?

Answer:
The Upward Mobility Program (UMP) is a program that provides the means to allow participants to increase their capabilities to the fullest extent possible through career counseling, tuition assistance, on-the-job training, and the use of a learning center. The goals of the UMP should be tailored to meet the mission and organizational needs of the organization.

Question:
What kind of educational opportunities for leadership development are there for spouses in the Army?

Answer:
The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program offers leadership development classes that are free and available to all spouses. These classes are available in Army communities throughout the world and also online through their website at www.aftb.org. The Army Community Service organization also offers other classes that contribute to leader development such as the classes offered each year prior to the Army Family Action Plan symposium that takes place at most Army communities. Depending on your Soldier’s position, you may also be eligible to attend leadership development courses as part of the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS; your Soldier’s branch pre-command school, the Sergeant Major's Academy, the Army War College, etc. Learn more about the educational opportunities available to you by visiting the Army Continuing Education Center at your nearest military community or through the other resources listed here.
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