• Woman writing in her Journal about Leadership



Find a Mentor – a topic that’s covered in every book, business meetings and church small groups. It’s the newest “it” word, since Captain Crunch, but what does it mean? What should I look for in a mentor? Do I even need one? Here are some helpful tips to help you navigate the waters of this trending phenomenon.


Look for Someone Who Can Take You Higher


This is imperative! Mentorship must be a balance with spirtual growth and practical progression. If people around you are not moving forward, then you’ve settled for the wrong dinner party. Look for leaders who have a greater reach, greater communication with their audience and love what they’re doing.


Great leaders are not great because of their following, but because of their vision. Click To Tweet


Finding the right mentor has more to do with finding commonality with their vision than their personality. You might differ with the way they present their platform, but you must ask yourself if you agree with their platform, even if you don’t click with their personality.


Also, choose leaders who are attracting the type of audience that’s applicable to your product. Are they seeing results? Are they resonating with your social media tribe?


Look for Someone Who Can Be Your Greatest Fan


This is not to say that criticism is irrelevent, but to suggest that you should look for someone who will be on your team.


Baseball requires each player to succeed – it dares each of them to step up to the plate, hit the ball and pitch with strength. However, it also requires them to lean on the direction of a good coach – a coach who will defend their team in public and correct their swing in private. Mentors must be men and women who will stand beside you in the trials and guide you in the triumphs.


Look for Someone with Previous Accomplishments


I’ve heard many leaders encourage people to be mentored by the same gender. I would advise differently.


Luke 12:48 NIV
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.


All of us are given a purpose and all of us are held accountable for our actions. Mentors are to compel us in our calling – this requires us to build professional relationships with both genders and all ages. Not one is obsolete; only unnoticed. It’s up to us to reach out and connect with people based on their leadership abilities.


Look for Someone Who Understands Your Vision 


I have had men and women reach out to me and ask to mentor me, but I always make sure that they will better the vision and calling God has given me; not overshadow or change my purpose.


Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.
– John C. Crosby 


This last point is the most important. Mentorship is not a grooming process for leadership succession, but a set course that serves to impart wisdom and direction towards new vision, new ideas and a new generation.





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Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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