Mentorship in the workplace is a critical component of leader development that benefits both the individual and organization. While the United States Army’s mentorship program takes an informal approach to initiating mentoring connections, active mentorship is an expectation of all leaders. Women in the army remain underrepresented in the senior ranks, creating a situation that may lead to more limited opportunities for the female-to-female interactions that would result in a diverse mentoring experience. This qualitative case study explored the mentoring experiences of a purposive sample of interviews with 10 women officers assigned to Brigade Combat Teams while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Results were analyzed using two cycles of inductive coding and pattern-matching techniques. The six themes that emerged provide insight into the conditions and mechanisms that may create more effective professional mentoring relationships for military leaders.
Key Words: female mentoring, women’s mentorship, United States Army officers, U.S. Army officers, leader development, qualitative
|Commitee:||Crabb, Brian, Heitner, Keri L.|
|School:||The University of the Rockies|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Public administration, Developmental psychology, Occupational psychology, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Female mentoring, Leader development, Officers, Qualitative, U.S. Army, United States Army, Women's mentorship|
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