Many times you will get advice on how to grow as a leader. “Do this and do that and your leadership ability will increase.” While, I do see the advantages from learning from people we do not know, I think there is an even better way to see growth as a leader- find personal mentors.
Mentors are invaluable to leaders. As we try to lead to the best of our ability we will inevitably have blind spots. We will make mistakes, we will lose the plot every once in awhile. A good mentor can advise us through these times and help us right the ship.
See Paul models the importance of mentoring by taking Timothy under his wing. As Leaders we should all be a Timothy to someone, as well as striving to be a Paul to someone else.
But today I want to focus on why it is so valuable to have a mentor. Here is a few thoughts:
1. You Will Learn From Their Success
When we go about picking a mentor we are most likely going to focus on those in our life that we feel have achieved something: either tangible or spiritual or in the best case scenario both. This is a good thing, and with a mentor we should be able to learn from their success. They can provide advice in wisdom in areas we are about to undertake.
2. You Will Learn From Their Failure
Learning from success is invaluable but learning from failure is vastly important as well. When we have a mentor who can openly share their failures and disappointments we can learn even more. Maybe we are about to undertake something new, the mentor can say, “well I did something like that and it didn’t work out too well, so try it another way.”
3. They Will Model Godly Character
A Godly mentor will lead us with Godly character. This is essential for anyone looking for a ministry mentor because a lot of people do great things without following Jesus. An effective mentor is going to model Jesus in his public life and private life.
4. They Will Model Godly Leadership
An effective minister will lead with a Godly and Biblical view. Someone who has done great things but does not love God and love people will not make a good mentor. Find someone who shows Godly leadership in their public and private life.
5. They Will Provide You With A Sounding Board
This is a very important aspect of having a mentor. This person can listen to your complaints, anxieties, and problems and let you vent without spreading around what you are saying to other people.
The importance of a mentor is paramount for those of us leading in ministry
So tell me how do you benefit from a mentor? Anything to add?