A LEADER RAISES ANOTHER LEADER
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A LEADER RAISES ANOTHER LEADER
owolabi adejuwon, Member, Student (University), Nigeria
TIPS ON MENTORING
PRACTICAL TIPS ON BECOMING A MENTOR.
As I grow in life and I saw that the need for me to have a mentor is expedient, if there is anything I lack in my early life as a Christian; it is a mentor, it contributed to many of my mistakes and downfalls in life. When the vacuum became conspicuous I need to prayerfully search for some, thank God He gave me.
However, I never saw a need for me to also become a mentor, at least not at this early stage, until it also became inevitable, when I saw youths who approach me for mentoring; I never new in the school of mentoring there is no graduation, therefore I have to equip myself on being an exceptional mentor using Jesus as my standard.
HERE IS SOME OF MY DISCOVERY ABOUT MENTORSHIP.
Mentoring others is not just an activity, it is a responsibility and a commitment of every true leaders, I also see it as a privilege. I used to believe in this Hindu’s proverb that says “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” which suppose to mean that a mentee is suppose to pursue the mentor. I was startled this morning when the Holy spirit was asking me that, is it the disciples that call for Jesus, or Jesus that call the twelve onto Himself? The answer is in mark 3:13: And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.
Even though someone can willingly choose you as his mentor, it still our duty to choose the people we mentor. I discovered that today’s mentor want their mentee to be pursuing them about. They don’t see it as their responsibility. The question is that if I don’t mentor anybody will God punish me for it?
THE PROCESS OF MENTORSHIP
Mentoring leaders is like teaching a child to walk.
First, the parent must help them to stand on their own without falling down, once the baby master standing the parent move a little far away to encourage the baby to take a step. Eventually the parent move across the room to entice them to come.
Secondly, it the baby started going the wrong direction, parent turn them back,
Thirdly, when it appears the baby might run into some obstacles, parent rush to protect them.
Fourthly, a good parent will always picks the baby up when he falls and help him to start all over again.
You are the parent, the baby is your mentee.
There is no such thing as a fully developed leader. It is a myth
1. Mentoring start with spending time with your mentee. Does he know his gift? Is he using them? If not help her to understand and develop. In mentoring you don’t try to change people to suit you
2. You have to believe in your mentee and demonstrate that by taking risk with him.
3. Help him to connect with people
4. Spend time on their internal life, emphasize on how to be rather than how to do.
WHO IS A MENTOR
A mentor sees it (know it)
Pursues it (grow)
Help others to see it (shows it)
Help other to pursue it (mentoring)
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