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Doctoral Project Abstract

Mentorship's Role in the United States Marine Corps' Future

William E. Daniels

This manuscript discusses the role of mentorship within the Marine Corps' existing leadership and organizational practices. It highlights the benefits and limitations within these practices, and discusses the evolving global and domestic leadership environments. The Marine Corps, a traditional institution with clear lines of authority and a high degree of inherent bureaucracy, must focus internal efforts on breaking the existing paradigm and invest time and energy in developing new leadership ideas and practices within their ranks. Mentorship is the means by which the institution can breathe new life into its leadership practices. Developing change strategies are difficult within such an institution. However, the global environment is increasing the demand upon Marine leaders. Furthermore, in light of many immoral or questionable acts by prominent leadership within the Department of Defense, Marine leadership and organizational practices require review in order stave off unwanted leadership blunders. In today's global and culturally diverse operating environment a single approach to leadership limits a Marine's effectiveness as the experiences of duty assignment may not translate well to the next. Thus, a more expansive education and assimilation process is required to support the career development and rotation plan of personnel. Emphasis on a robust mentorship strategy is has the ability to address the cultural, global, and institutional leadership challenges facing the Marine leader, as well as, continue to uphold the customs and traditions of the Marine Corps by making leadership techniques and organizational designs more transferable between multiple global cultures.

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