;

Four Things to Expect From a Mentor

Description

Ron Edmondson shares his philosophy on mentoring and the four things to expect from a mentor.

One question I am consistently asked about mentoring is, “What should a mentor do?” That’s an obvious question. What do you do when you have been asked to be a mentor or you decide to intentionally recruit someone to mentor you? What role should the mentor play in the mentee’s life?

Well, I don’t believe the point of a mentor is to script another person’s life. That’s not what I’ve ever wanted from my mentors or what I’ve attempted to do with those I mentor. I can’t share everything you may need in a mentor, but I can share what I have sought in one.

Here are four things I want in a mentor:

Help shape my path – Mentors have been used to help me make life altering decisions. Whether it was with career choices, marriage issues or character development, I need a mentor to help me make the major decisions in my life.

Allow me to learn from their experiences – Mentors have shared the good and bad elements of their lives which have helped protect me from needless pain and helped to guide me to better results. This is why I generally prefer mentors a generation ahead of me.

Help me meet my goals – In business and in ministry, mentors have taught me valuable insights, discover paradigms, built principles into my life, which have helped me to be more successful in the things I hope to achieve.

Challenge me – Mentors have been there to encourage me to improve my life in areas of struggle, moments of fear, or in a resistance towards needed change. Mentors give an objective, but caring outside perspective that often gives me the nudge to do what I need to do.

My life wouldn’t be the same without the mentors in my life.

 

Related
Choices Are All We Have
Brad Mathias
Power of the Tongue
Os Hillman
God’s Family
Bryant Wright
The Purpose of Elevation
Os Hillman
Five Things to Do While You Wait
Pastor Rick Warren
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple