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alfamaniaNew JerseyAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Authority vs. InfluenceJuly 24, 2012alfamaniaNew JerseyAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Mentor Leader, by Tony Dungy, is the coach's third book he has written, but only the first of which I have read. From the onset, it is clear that this book covers a topic which unfortunately doesn't get implemented by individuals in leadership positions to the extent which it should. Coach Dungy masterfully explains how an individual in a leadership role influences others, and by virtue of that fact, essentially leaves a legacy to those underneath them so that they can become peers. That is in contrast to a more secular interpretation of a leader being one who is in control of others. Coach Dungy provides examples of how to allow individuals to become good influences on others, for the purpose of making them better, no matter what they do. The impact that a leader can have on an individual is tremendous. It is refreshing and worthwhile to see Coach Dungy's approach as a leader in an avenue which is too often full of leaders who are out for their own goals and achievements. The mentor leader seeks to better others and build them up to make them leaders as well. A definite worthwhile read for someone who is seeking to gain insight from someone who is truly a gentleman and a great positive influence. â€œIt's not about meâ€ sums up Coach Dungy's mentor attitude, but also servant attitude as well.
jglass4 Stars Out Of 5would make an awesome bible studyJune 22, 2012jglassmany great biblical references along with ways to apply them in today's world to become a better and more enriched spiritual guide (leader)
alohaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2012alohaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A quality book with lots of relevant information. Very uplifting and helpful. We gave this book out to several coaches as gifts. We highly recommend it!
M Teresa TrascrittiAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A useful resource!December 29, 2010M Teresa TrascrittiAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In his introduction, Dungy outlines the â€œessential traits of a mentorâ€ (p. xvii-xviii):
â€¢ Mentoring â€œcan be taught and learned; but in order to be absorbed, it must be practicedâ€
â€¢ Mentoring â€œfocuses on developing the strengths of individualsâ€
â€¢ Mentoring â€œworks bestâ€ when there is â€œgenuine concernâ€ shown
â€¢ Mentoring is about â€œshaping, nurturing, empowering, and growingâ€
â€¢ Mentoring is â€œabout relationships, integrity, and perpetual learningâ€
â€¢ Mentoring is â€œabout changing livesâ€ (p. xvii-xviii)
Although all 9 chapters of Dungy's book relates to the â€œmentor leader,â€ there were 3 chapters that seemed to prepare the heart of the mentor: Chapter 3, â€œA Look Within,â€ Chapter 4, â€œCharacteristics That Matter,â€ and Chapter 6, â€œLiving the Messageâ€ (p. 45, 67, 123). In chapter 3 Dungy explains, â€œIn order to become an effective mentor, in whatever setting, it is important to take a look inside yourselfâ€ (p. 45). He suggests that potential mentors take a â€œpersonal inventoryâ€ to assess what makes them â€œthink, react, and respond the way they doâ€ and what makes them â€œdo the things they doâ€ (p. 46). An honest self assessment will reveal personal strengths and weaknesses, unresolved issues from the past and meaningful priorities (p. 64-65).
â€œCharacterâ€ is described as â€œthe person [others] view as the most trustworthy, who cares the most and who is willing to always do the right thing,â€ and according to Dungy, it is the â€œglue that bonds solid and meaningful relationshipsâ€ (p. 71). In chapter 4, Dungy presents the characteristics he believes are â€œmarksâ€ of a good mentor. These â€œmarksâ€ include competence, integrity, authenticity, courageous, faithfulness, accountable, available/approachable, loyalty, and protectiveness (p. 72-91). Throughout this chapter (and the whole book), Dungy uses Biblical references to support his points. For example, Dungy states, â€œa genuine sense of self-worth is best obtained through a relationship with Godâ€ (p. 74). In another part of the chapter, Dungy discusses the parable found in the book of John, chapter 10, to illustrate the â€œmarkâ€ of protectivenessâ€”â€œWhen a wolf comes and threatens the flock, the hired hand runs away. . . . the shepherd on the other hand, rises to the defense of his sheepâ€ (p. 94).
Dungy starts chapter 6 with a Scripture verse from the book of Matthew: â€œJesus said, â€˜It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. . . . The words you speak come from the heartâ€”that's what defiles you'â€ (Matt. 15:11, 18). He uses this Bible passage to show that mentoring starts in the heart of the mentorâ€”basically, what is inside determines what will come out (p. 123). Dungy claims that people will notice various things about other individuals: their faith, their words and actions, and their legacy (p. 124-135). When discussing faith, Dungy says, â€œFaith is the foundation and strength of the mentor . . . . the guiding principle behind everything we do . . . . Faith will go a long way toward giving others a reason to follow youâ€ (p. 134-135). Dungy believes that the â€œmany things that guide the daily steps of mentorsâ€ (relationships, impact, involvement, character, faith, and actions) shape one's legacy; â€œlegacyâ€ results in â€œchanged livesâ€ (p. 136, 138). In other words, a mentor is successful if he or she contributes to the positive changes in other people's lives. Dungy's use of the Bible shows that God's Word is important to him. It also shows that even if a mentor has all the necessary traits necessary, it is God who ultimately changes peopleâ€” â€œwith God all things are possibleâ€ (Matt. 19:26).
Review by: M. Teresa Trascritti
ShonAnniston, ALAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5November 26, 2010ShonAnniston, ALAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was a good book that has helped educate me further on mentoring.
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