Last week I shared a little about attending an Eastern Africa Gathering with my African brothers and sisters in Nairobi. This week, I’d like to share about one of the workshops presented at the MentorLink International Gathering which was a time of prayer, collaboration and fellowship with dozens of leaders from the MentorLink Movement.
In his workshop on Brokenness in Leadership Development, my dear friend Herman stated: In mentoring, we say: “the heart of mentoring is mentoring the heart.” The heart is the spring of life (Prov 4:23). Through mentoring we protect the leaders’ hearts from the forces of death attacking from all directions, so they can live and lead well. The kind of life and leadership outcome of every leader will be determined by the continuing formation of the heart. We can no longer ignore the development of a healthy and holy heart (the inner life) in developing leaders.
Herman then raised several significant questions for each leader to ponder. Take a moment now to really reflect on these questions below and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart.
- Consider your leadership experience. Why will an unresolved issue of hurt hinder spiritual growth? From your observation, what has been the impact of unhealed pains in the way leaders live and lead?
- Many leadership programs and models are geared toward imparting content and improving competence. What makes mentoring important toward the healing of broken leaders and how does it help them grow in character?
- In what ways have leaders confused seeking to be liked from being the beloved of God? What are common ways leaders tend to seek personal value or self-worth for themselves?
- Leaders will find it difficult to live and lead like Jesus unless they truly experience being the beloved of God.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give examples from your perspective and experience.