[vimeo id="148302194"] There’s an old saying that experience is the best teacher. It’s very true. There are many things a leader can only know through experience. This is one reason it’s very important to surround yourselves with mentors who are experienced leaders and innovators. But this is also why it’s vital that, as a leader, you are mentoring others. Your experience and wisdom could be the key to unlocking the destiny of someone else. So here are a few thoughts on mentorship.
First of all, mentoring is a gradual process. One of the keys to successful mentoring is to avoid doing too much too quickly. Your job as a mentor is to cultivate growth…and that takes time. It’s like taking care of a plant. You water it a bit each day. If you water it too much, the plant can’t absorb it all and begins to rot. As a mentor, you have a wealth of a wisdom to invest into others. But remember that the quality of empowerment and engagement is more important than the quantity.
Secondly, results always come later. This is something every leader and mentor knows. But you know, it’s easy to get frustrated or impatient with people when they don’t step into their full God-given potential. The important thing to remember is you are responsible to posture them for success. Your job is to equip, train, and empower them to succeed when the time comes.
Third, mentoring requires personal investment. Jesus, who was the greatest mentor in history, once said the greatest thing we can do is to lay our own plans and goals for someone else. You see, mentoring is going to require a lot of your time and energy. Many times you won’t feel like taking the time to sit, listen, and advise. You won’t feel like being intentional about encouraging and empowering them. But that’s when it’s most important to invest.
The fourth thing is a mentor is focused on posturing others, not themselves. As a mentor, it’s easy fall into the trap of making people just like you. But that’s not the purpose of a mentor. A mentor’s job is to position not to possess. Utilize your experience and wisdom to encourage others. But empower them to achieve their own success through their own Divine Design!
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