Brig. Gen. Halstead: 'Be a mentor, not a tormenter'
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
"A strong leader
finds ways to encourage and embrace others – and acts as "a mentor, not a
tormentor," (Ret.) Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead told more than 80 Network
members at the NEW Phoenix learning event, Nov. 14 at the Indian Steele Park
"Just because you can
say something, doesn’t mean you should,” Halstead said.
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Halstead shared her
personal story, advising NEW members, "If you want others to do what you
want them to do, you must first do it yourself. There is no greater feeling
than to know that you encouraged others to do the right thing.”
The U.S. Army emphasized
the importance of finding "true friendship between your heart and your
mind," and avoiding quick judgments or decision. "Don’t rush to
failure by not letting your heart and mind work it out.”
Building a strong team
is critical to any leader's success, she said, adding that she figures out her
own weaknesses and surrounds herself with people who are strong in those areas.
"We must all realize that everybody has differences – and to trust those
differences," she said. "Allow each other to foster individual
strengths for the betterment of the group, and realize that diversity isn’t
just limited to gender or race, it’s really about diversity of thoughts."
While we need to earn
every win, she said, "It's important to stop and reward ourselves along
the way." Halstead encouraged NEW
members to avoid getting wrapped up in the end game. "We need to replenish
the energy we’re burning along the way. It’s not how long you live, it’s how
you give. Don’t forsake the human dimension in the sole quest for efficiency.”
large delegations the event include the city of Phoenix, PetSmart Inc. and
(Ret.) Brig. Gen. Becky
Halstead connects with Aimee Goeman
of Collective Bias.