You have stepped into the Mentor role because you want to invest in the lives of women. No matter a woman’s age or stage in life, she can benefit from a mentor – someone who is a little further along on the journey. But while all of us can benefit from a mentor’s wisdom, many of us are hesitant to ask for it. Let’s think about how you can initiate, connect, provide and guide as a Mentor.
Pick at least one of the 8 Simple Ways to take the initiative in a mentoring relationship and do it this week:
- Actively participate in the group. Sit at the table, participate in the icebreakers and projects, go to playdates and mom’s nights out. The first and most important step in mentoring well is to be present.
- Listen to your gut. If you feel led to reach out to a member of your Leadership Team or group, do it.
- Make a plan. You can’t connect with every woman every day, but as you get to know the women in your group, you can connect with each in a way that’s meaningful to them.
- Details matter. As you learn about moms, write down details about their families, concerns and passions.
- Follow-up. If you start a conversation, find a way to continue it.
- Embrace new opportunities. If you want to learn or do something new, ask a mom to join you or teach you. Learn together.
- Stay informed. Keep up with what moms are doing, reading and watching.
- Be sincere. Women will respond to your investment in them when your questions, stories and support come from a sincere desire to love them like Jesus does.