Lt. Gen. Mary Legere has spent more than thirty years in the United States Army. During that time she has risen from the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant General, and is only the fourth women in the Army’s history to become a Three Star General.
She says that her greatest rewards comes from assisting others, and helping them see and realize their full potential. The Army has a very specific view of mentorship, as defined in a document called FM (Field Manual) 6-22, Leadership Development. “Leader Development provides a doctrinal framework covering methods for leaders to develop other leaders, improve their organizations, build teams, and develop themselves,” the document states in its front matter. “Army leaders are the competitive advantage the Army possesses that technology cannot replace nor be substituted by advanced weaponry and platforms.”
In the Army, a mentor has multiple roles and responsibilities. These include providing the mentee with encouragement and motivation, and an honest assessment of the mentee’s strengths and developmental needs. The Army mentor also provides advice and guidance on the mentee’s goals, and whatever obstacles may be encountered along the way. Periodic reviews are an integral part of the process.
Lt. Gen. Mary Legere is committed to soldiers and families. She loves people and being on great teams, is known as a highly energetic boss, and is passionate about the Army, service to her country, and service to the community.