Retired Branch Chief and Program Director of the Integrated Services Branch,
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration,
Dept. of Health and Human Services
While Branch Chief, I had the opportunity to mentor two staff members whom I also nominated for mid-level leadership training. One of them "shadowed" me in fulfilling my roles and responsibilities from budgets to contracts to programs to committees. The affiliation was supportive and mutually beneficial, resulting in an ongoing personal and professional relationship. I was very satisfied to see a deserving person continue to grow and gain greater respect within the Bureau.
My approach to mentoring is a combination of formal and informal relationship building and knowledge and skills enhancement. Listening with respect, being open to opinions and perspectives, demonstrating patience and compassion and providing constructive feedback and guidance are key aspects of my approach to mentoring.