How to Become a Mentoring Leader

10 questions to ask yourself

If you want to invest in someone's life, to equip others to lead and serve well, ask yourself these questions:

  1. 1. Do I really want this? Am I willing to involve others in the decision making, and put up with the short-term hassle and extra work for the sake of the long-term benefit of shared leadership?
  2. 2. How can I build a relationship? I must get to know potential leaders; leadership is not based on authority as much as on personal connection between people.
  3. 3. Do I clearly understand the goal? What specific leadership positions are available? What do I realistically want this person to be and do?
  4. 4. In what ways can I assess this potential leader? Find out people's interests, gifts, availability. What makes them tick and gets them excited in ministry? Does the person really want to serve as a leader? Is this the right time in his or her life for this position?
  5. 5. What are the best means for mentoring? Is lunch or breakfast the best time to meet—or after work? What kind of reporting or accountability is effective individually, and on what level of intensity? Ask people what they need from you, and tell them what you need in return.
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