Once potential leaders in your school have been identified, the real work begins of helping to form them into the leaders they can become. Our schools can more effectively attend to the goal of meeting their missions if those in leadership training are nurtured through a relationship that extends well beyond the exchange of work for a paycheck.
In chapter four on “Nurturing Potential Leaders”in Developing The Leaders Around You John Maxwell suggests several strategies for transforming people’s lives and forming them in their leadership potential through nurturing. It all starts with our willingness to model the qualities of leadership we are hoping to nurture in others – strong work ethic, responsibility, character, openness, consistency, communication, and belief in people.
With the special role we play in leadership, two crucial steps in meeting our responsibility to form others in our charism are to choose a leadership model for ourselves and then to establish and follow guidelines for mentoring.
In this directed reading, you will learn the key components of a successful mentoring relationship. Maxwell suggests several crucial factors for the development of personal and professional relationships to mentor future leaders in our schools. Among these are building trust, offering time, giving encouragement, and establishing support systems. The questions for journaling will challenge us to examine our readiness to commit to mentoring relationships with those people in our schools who have leadership potential.
Through this reading, the participant will:
- reflect on the leadership model you chose for yourself at one time and understand how important that choice was in your leadership development;
- understand eleven crucial factors in building personal and professional relationships that can lead to leadership formation;
- gain a deeper understanding of how best to choose those in your school with leadership potential to mentor.