One of our six qualities of an ideal mentee is men who have the potential to be leaders and influencers. Some mentors place a larger emphasis on “leader development” than others, but what’s inarguable is that spending time covering important topics under the guidance of an older, wiser mentor increases a man’s leadership capacity. In fact, in our end-of-season survey, 85% of mentees say they grew in their leadership due to the mentoring season.
Most churches we talk to express a need for more leaders, and many specifically use Radical Mentoring to fill their leadership pipeline. They use assignments like the Personal Ministry Plan (featured below) to help their mentees uncover their gifts and strengths, determine the right serving opportunities, and live up to their covenant commitment to “pay it forward by investing in others for spiritual purposes.”
As their mentor, your mentees view you as a leader, and they want to hear what you think makes you a good leader and what would make you a better one. They don’t want a bland, textbook discussion of leadership. They want to hear truth from someone who’s been a leader for a while. Luckily most leadership is caught, not taught, so you can model it whether or not you explicitly discuss leadership in your group. We’ve compiled the resources below to help you along the way.
If you aren’t already, have your mentees complete this 4-week Personal Ministry Plan assignment towards the end of your mentoring season. It’s a great way to help them identify their giftings and interests as they prepare to “pay it forward by investing in others for spiritual purposes.”
This set of videos features experienced Radical Mentors sharing helpful insights and wisdom on what to discuss and how to approach the important topics of leadership and influence with your mentoring group.
“People development is when people are better because they worked with you.” You won’t be surprised to learn that this episode of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast with John Maxwell contains many great nuggets on developing the next generation of leaders.
RM founder and longtime leader Regi Campbell shares ten leadership principles he believed in and practiced. Hopefully, they give you a fresh outlook on leadership or inspire you to compile the principles you live by so you can share them with your mentees.
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