Senior Fellows are the linchpins in the Severn Leadership Group process of developing leaders. They are committed to inspiring Fellows to live a life of selfless courage and service to others before self. Senior Fellows serve as the face of the Severn Leadership Group, model its perspectives, and “walk the talk”. Senior Fellows may also serve as Mentors.
What is a Mentor?
Severn Leadership Group subscribes to a holistic approach to mentoring as opposed to coaching, which tends to focus on developing a particular skill, enhancing performance, or career guidance. A mentor is not a counselor (a counselor being one who provides legal, marriage, medical, or mental health advice). Mentors are friends who listen, who ask the tough questions, and provide encouragement and constructive feedback where needed. A mentor’s “primary focus is on imparting wisdom to a less experienced individual by taking active interest in their development.” It has been said, a mentor is not someone who walks ahead to show their fellow how they did it. Rather, a mentor walks alongside that person to show him/her what they can do. Most mentoring is “caught” not “taught”.
The Role of Mentors in the Fellows Program
Mentors are experienced industry or military senior leaders carefully “paired” with specific Fellows in the Fellows Program. During the program, Mentors will meet with their Fellow at least two hours every month for the duration of the program. Fellows are encouraged to maintain their relationship with their Mentor after completion of the Fellows Program.
About the Mentor Program
The goal of this program is to develop the passion for mentoring in a Senior Fellow. As Hall of Fame college basketball coach John Wooden once said: “Mentoring becomes your true legacy. It is the greatest inheritance you can give to others. It is why you get up every day.” The Mentor Program is divided into two segments:
First we aim to provide a Senior Fellow with an in-depth understanding of the leadership development program itself, its perspectives, goals, and material.
We then experientially immerse a Senior Fellow into the mentoring process by introducing basic concepts, strengthening listening skills, enhancing their ability to ask insightful questions, and provide the opportunity to be mentored themselves.
How to Join the Mentor Program
Experienced leaders who are committed to inspiring mid-career leaders are invited to apply to become a Severn Leadership Group Senior Fellow and Mentor. We will contact you with next steps and add you to our mailing list.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”