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Dr. Arla J. Bentley

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Dr. Arla J. Bentley

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

Dr. Arla J. Bentleybentley-arla

Deputy Administrator
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO

What about your leadership style has helped grow your career and how have you had to change your leadership role/style during the past year?

As an extrovert and a people person, I pride myself on making connections and being in your face. However, COVID has mandated that we must now come together virtually to remain safe so what has changed in my leadership role is more phone contact to actually hear someone’s voice and let them hear mine so that they can feel my level of concern, understanding and empathy.

How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?

Mentoring is the process of ensuring that individuals have someone to rely on for examples, advice and wisdom. I do my best to always be sure that those under my leadership are clear on the vision and assignments given. I allow questions to be asked and work diligently to provide answers no matter what my schedule. I encourage others to grow personally and professionally. I promote a learning environment to ensure perpetuity. Communicating the seriousness of their commitment to tasks helps to provide an internal support system.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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