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Lead with a mentor mindset

Machen MacDonald

Where in your life do you lead? We all lead in some way shape or form. The better question is: How are you doing as a leader?

Whether it’s at work, at home, in school, on the field or in a friendship, there are times that you lead. Some more than others.

The role of a leader is to be “leaderful.” The best way to be leaderful is to adopt the mentor mind.



Unfortunately many leaders are not mentors but rather tormentors. They rule with an iron fist. It’s my way or the highway. The environment is steeped in intimidation and constant threats. If you have ever been on the receiving end of being tormented, I’m sure you would agree, it really doesn’t work too well. Instilling fear in others is never the answer to growth and expansion. Removing fear absolutely is the answer.

The goal of a leader should be to grow the people so they can grow the organization. The way to do that is through limiting or eliminating fear by increasing courage, confidence, certainty and capacity in those whom you lead. Think about your own situation. If you possessed more courage, confidence, certainty and capacity, what would really be possible for you? What could you accomplish or experience that currently eludes you? What would you stop tolerating? What would you go for, knowing that you could absolutely handle whatever may come about on the journey to achieving your biggest desires?




Leaders with a mentor mindset know it may not always be easy, and they have a belief they can handle whatever may come about along the way. They help others to believe and do the same.

Leaders have compassion for themselves and those they lead and help others do the same.

Leaders seek opportunities to learn, grow and improve as they coach others to do the same.

Leaders look and listen objectively not just critically and support others to do the same.

Leaders celebrate success and assist others do the same.

Leaders shine their light, step into their power and encourage others do the same.

Leaders are aware of what is and separate fact from fiction as they empower others to do the same.

Leaders always take responsibility for their thoughts and actions while they hold others accountable to do the same.

Leaders plan strategically for success and collaborate with others how to do the same.

Leaders push themselves to increase their capacity and demonstrate how it’s done so others can do the same.

Leaders forgive themselves and others and move on so others can do the same.

Leaders learn and discover how to envision a successful future and show others how to do the same.

If you would like to learn and discover how to be more “leaderful” and develop a mentor mindset, on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Wellness Center and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, I would like to invite you to an afternoon workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. this Wednesday held at the SNMH outpatient conference center (Building 3).

Call the SNMH Wellness Center at 530-274-6124 to register.

Make it up, make it fun, and make it happen!

No. 1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000


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