In my previous blog “Qualities To Look For In You Mentoring Coach”, I mentioned the following qualities your mentor should have:
- The ability to see beyond the present.
- A good handle on the gift of discernment to evaluate your potential.
- A solid spiritual sense of the process God utilizes to build a leader.
- A mind similar to a compass to determine the direction of those under his mentorship.
- A burning desire to see his protégés (disciples), override his own legacy, by becoming greater than him.
- Endowed with a measure of love beyond the limitations of an average man.
- The matching character and integrity to back up his mentoring skills.
These are some of the qualities you need to keep in mind when looking for a mentoring coach.
Out of these seven, today I would like to highlight quality number four:
“Your mentoring coach needs to have a mind similar to a compass to determine the direction of those under his mentorship.”
Would you get in a car to drive with somebody who doesn’t have an idea of where he or she is going? I wouldn’t, even if it’s just for fun. Perhaps you have the time to spare and don’t mind going nowhere, but did he tell you when he or she is coming back? What if they have no idea about it either? What if he or she decides to go for weeks? Wouldn’t you like to know? I know this may sound trivial and unreasonable but, this is what could happen when a mentoring coach doesn’t have a direction or timetable for those under his mentoring program.
When choosing your mentoring coach, ask questions. The truth is, you are submitting your life to someone who is going to touch your life like no other person in the world. Let me give you an example. When you are getting married, wouldn’t you like to know as much as you can about your potential life-mate? This is a lifetime journey we’re talking about. I know many people don’t, and in my opinion this is precisely the reason why many marriages fail.
I consider mentoring-coaching to be a lifetime relationship. Your mentoring coach is going to influence your life forever. You may not be under his mentorship for long, but his influence in your life will remain forever. Jesus is the perfect example of a mentoring-coach. He turned around the life of His twelve forever. He told them from day one, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They had no idea about what he meant, but after He was gone, they realized the power of that statement. Mentoring is serious business.
He knew where He was going from the get go. He said to them, “Go to the House of Israel first, then go to every city and then unto the uttermost parts of the world.”
The mind of your mentoring-coach has to be like a compass!
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