Why Leaders Need Mentors Too

You're stronger when you don't try to lead on your own

Mordecai's perspective reminded Esther of her potential for godly influence, and his challenge equipped her to step up into her purpose. Leadership can be challenging at times, and sometimes we feel powerless to respond. In times of great pressure and struggle, a mentor's perspective has set me back on track. They have reminded me of the life I'm called to live, and that I am called to lead.

Do you have a seasoned leader who can give you perspective and remind you of your purpose?

A mentor provides a fresh pair of eyes

"You're going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you" (Exodus 18:18–19). Jethro had watched Moses at work and saw that he was taking on way too much. Moses spent every day handling the disputes of all God's people . . . all day. So Jethro, like a good mentor, offered his son–in-law some leadership strategies that would empower other leaders in the community, serve the people more effectively, and give Moses some space.

Like Moses learned from Jethro's insight, just because we have a call to leadership doesn't mean we automatically know everything. Strong leaders are lifelong learners. There are those around us who have seasoned leadership skills that can only enhance what we do. Their strategies can make us more effective and their insights can grow our leadership capacity—if we let them.

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Jo Saxton

Jo Saxton is a TCW advisor, a director in 3DM, and the author of More than Enchanting. Jo and her husband Chris have two amazing daughters. Follow her on Twitter at @josaxton.

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Mentoring; Purpose; Reflection; Relationships; Risk-Taking; Role models; Support
Today's Christian Woman, July Week 4, 2014
Posted July 23, 2014

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