I’ve been able to speak in some really neat settings, including to professional and college sports teams, on university campuses, in foreign countries…even at the Iowa Speedway.

Last month may have been the most unique of them all, as I was invited to Joint Base Langley-Eustis to speak on mentor leadership to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and U.S. Army Forces Command. 

But for as different as the setting was, the principles were the same. The Army is focused on building community, making people better, helping them grow as leaders, and have a number of mentoring initiatives they have created to achieve those goals. In true Army fashion, they are studying and tracking each, and I look forward to what they learn.

Michael Formica of the US Army and Nathan Whitaker discuss leadership at Joint Base Langley-Eustis

In the meantime, Mr. Michael Formica (Executive Deputy to the Commanding General: TRADOC) and I discussed principles that resonate throughout the corporate, sports and education worlds…and the military. The principle of humility. Character. Being open to new ideas. Patience. Trust. A willingness to pay it forward. (You can watch here, starting at around 9:45 mark.)

What can you do today to share what you’ve learned with others?

And can you be open to learning even from those you are mentoring?

How can you continue to embody those principles that mark strong mentor leaders?

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