Our pastoral staff has been reading leadership books over the last few years and this month we had the privledge to read Tony Dungy's book "The Mentor Leader".
I have had some great mentors in my journey and I know the value that they have played in my life. I have also had the honour of being able to be a mentor to some pretty incredible people. The big thing that I took out of this book was that all of us, no matter what position we may have, can be a mentor to someone around us. People are always watching and whether we realize it or not we are an example to young and old. But the question is... what do they see?
Being a mentor is something you do that is intentional and Tony gives some great tips as to how to mentor in the simplicity of everyday life. I also believe that best part of mentoring really has nothing to do with you, but has everything to do with the person you mentor. It's engaging them, connecting, educating, challenging & encouraing them to be all they can be and then... the hardest part sometimes, letting them go. Basically, working yourself out of job... or watching them move on somewhere else. Honestly that is the greatest reward - to see those around you grow wings and flourish! It's sweet!
If you're in leadership this is a great book to help develop your team and those around you. If you're not in leadership this is still a great read and I believe will challenge you to step it up and mentor someone around you who really needs someone to be their biggest cheerleader. I mean who doesn't want to become all God's created them to be! Enjoy!
"the mentor leader" is tony dungys newest book it is very hard to put down and what I like most about it is at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book there are some very helpful questians and comments by coach tony dungy which gives you some great leadership lessons to think about along with quotes from famous historical and inspirational people and how you can use there examples from there lifes. I found this great read has many scriptures as well as many life lessons great for a gift or Bible study