“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are you grooming outstanding leaders for your organization? What are you doing to make it happen? Mentoring is an effective way to accomplish this goal. While discipling involves character building, the focus of mentoring is skill development. Chip Bell, author of the book Managers as Mentors, defines mentoring as the “act of helping another learn.” Mentoring is about teaching through consultation rather than placing restrictions. According to Hackman and Johnson (authors of Leadership: A Communication Perspective), mentors often become sounding boards for their protégés. Nicodemus, a church leader in the Bible, is a prime example of someone who needed mentoring. Hidden by the night and from the scorn of his fellow Pharisees, Nicodemus finds himself being instructed by the Masterful Teacher. In John 3:10, Jesus explains to this Jewish leader, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?” Jesus’ mentoring was so powerful that Nicodemus was able to come out of the darkness into the Light. Clearly, good mentoring can produce great leaders if properly applied in an organization. Likewise, mentoring can be a positive effort toward leadership development. Rev. Isaiah Blackman, the founder of mentoring organization for addicts called the Strength & Recovery Program, sees mentoring as a vital ingredient in growing young leaders. Selecting the right mentor for each person is critical. Rev. Blackman argues, “Young people often gravitate toward adults who take an interested in them. That’s why it’s important to have the right people mentoring.
In summary, discipling and mentoring are both vital for life transformations. Don’t get caught not using it. Start today.
Bell, C. (2002). Managers as Mentors. San Francisco: Berrett – Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Johnson, C. & Hackman, M. (2000). Leadership: A Communication Perspective. Waveland Press.
© 2006 by Daryl D. Green
Daryl D. Green has published over 100 articles in the field of decision-making (personal and organizational), leadership, and organizational behavior. Mr. Green is also the author of two acclaimed books, Awakening the Talents Within and My Cup Runneth Over. He is a columnist, lecturer, professor, and management consultant. Mr. Green has a BS in engineering and a MA in organizational management. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in strategic leadership. For more information,visit his website at http://www.darylgreen.org