Many Marines are simply mentored by the Marine senior to them. While in most cases this is sufficient, the fact remains that not every Marine is receiving one-on-one leadership. As a staff sergeant, you must consider this in your vision for your unit and determine who your mentors will be. The five skills important to being an effective mentor are self-awareness (discipline), questioning techniques, listening skills, empathy, and feedback skills.• If a Marine’s actions are not true to the values of our Corps, they should not be mentoring subordinate Marines.• Effective mentors should set a good example, in everything they do on duty, leave, and liberty.• A mentor must know their own values and be able to assess their Marines as the mentor is the primarycounselor, guide, and teacher to the Marines under their care.• Most importantly, a mentor must have and display a genuine concern for their Marines.THE ROLE OF MENTORING IN CAREER PROGRESSIONAs Marines transition into their new career, they are adjusting to living by our institutional ethos and regulations. In addition to Marine Corps regulations, there are also local orders (base and unit) which they must learn to follow.• The check-in process and read-and-initial boards are good ways to ensure the Marines get this information; however, since most people are averse to reading instruction manuals, orders, and regulations, a guide can be ultimately beneficial to avoiding embarrassing conflicts and obstacles.• As a guide, the mentor helps the Marine to understand how to proceed through the inner workings of an organization or institution.• Sometimes this includes passing on information about the unwritten rules for success.PERSONAL ASSESSMENTEach Marine, with the mentor’s assistance, must truthfully perform a self-assessment to identify both strengths and weaknesses. The only way to self improvement is through the process of critical self analysis as no one knows the Marine better than themselves. The mentor should guide the Marine through this assessment while letting them come up with their own answers. Look at past performance, performance evaluations, MOS school standings, MOS certifications, and other performance indicators such as leadership traits and principles.• What are your three best leadership traits?• How did you apply them this month?• What are your three worst leadership traits?