Depending upon your personality, being labeled as “leader” can have either very good or very bad connotations. Some of us find ourselves in leadership positions without much effort or trepidation while others try and avoid the role like the plague. Regardless, I believe everyone is called to lead from time to time – and everyone can be a leader. If you’ve been asked to volunteer for a leadership position, it can be helpful to remember the ways you have been a leader in the past. Don’t think you’ve got any? Let me start with some common examples not often tied to the word “leadership.”
[featured-image single-newwindow=”false” id=”130809-Learning” alt=”mentor”]Image via Flickr by michaelcardus[/featured-image]
I have always been drawn to mentoring relationships. As I look back over decades of learning, I find many instances of these types of relationships in my life. In some cases I was the protege and in others I was the mentor. Some relationships were formal while others just developed without any specific purpose or plan. As I participated in one of those kinds of relationships this weekend, I began to think about what constitutes a good mentoring relationship and why mentoring can be a very effective learning vehicle.