Several times this week in conversations with other adults, I've brought up something that we have taught our summer camp counselors for years. It is that as mentors, we need to wear at least 4 different hats or roles as we invest in students. Sometimes these hats shift in a moments notice, sometimes they go in seasons. But nonetheless, we all need to be all four at various times.
So, if you're a mentor of any kind, here's a couple of questions to process these roles:
1. Which role do you most naturally default to? What does that tell you about your own passions?
2. What is the hardest role for you to embrace? What steps do you need to take to increase your effectiveness in that area?
3. Can you think of specific times when you've had to wear one of these hats for a season? How do you know which role is most needed and when?