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What should you look for in a leadership mentor?

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Leadership Straight from Bill Hybels What should you look for in a leadership mentor? I have a conviction that most of us would be well served by having multiple mentors. I do not think it is a helpful paradigm to say there is one ultimate individual who is so smart and so wise and transcendently knowledegable that every question I have about the full range of interest in my life can be addressed by this one amazing person. I gave up on that a long time ago. My theological mentor, Dr. B., has been my theological mentor for 43 years. On almost anything Biblical that I struggle with... I know his phone number and email. We talk regularly. I say, "Gilbert, I am struggling with Matthew 5 and this verse. Can you do the textual work for me? What does it mean?" He evaluates my preaching. I have 2 or 3 other theological mentors that I will go to if I think Dr. B's take on something is uni-dimensional. I have a series of theological mentors. I have a series of leader mentors. Whenever I am in a leadership "jam" I have 2 or 3 people who are ahead of me in leadership, smarter than me in leadership. I have their phone numbers. I will say, "I am in 'jam' I have never faced this before. May I run this by you?" I will have 2 or 3 husband and father mentors. Anything with a family issue, I call them. I have a couple of guys who help me with my physical conditioning. I'll ask them what they are doing these days to stay in shape. I have 2 or 3 guys who help me with personal finances. I say, "I am thinking about this. Is this smart or is this dumb?" I think the best thing is to have an array, a multiplicity, of mentors, that you can check in with, who know you well and love you but in the various categories that you find that you most often need the help in. That has worked for me my whole life.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 18 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Producer: Willow Creek Association
Director: Willow Creek Association
Views: 82
Posted by: landsm on Apr 22, 2014

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