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Brig. Gen. Halstead: 'Be a mentor, not a tormenter'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"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 Memorial Hall.

"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.”

Organizations sending large delegations the event include the city of Phoenix, PetSmart Inc. and Safeway Inc.

 (Ret.) Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead connects with Aimee Goeman
of Collective Bias.

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