Should a Mentor Admit His Weaknesses?

Should a mentor admit his weaknesses to the person he’s discipling? Some people believe a leader should never be open about his faults, since this will cause people to “lose respect.” But the Bible requires us to be humble and transparent. The apostle Paul is our example. He told the Corinthians: “I will rather boast about my weaknesses” (2 Cor. 12:9). You don’t have to talk about your darkest secrets with your disciples. Some things are best shared with trusted peers or with your mentor.

But don’t pretend you are perfect. Be vulnerable and open. Your disciple will respect you more–and he will be willing to share his struggles with you—if you show him how you are overcoming your sinful habits, character flaws and life challenges. Your humility will produce humility. Your transparency will help your disciple find healing.


  1. REPLY
    Terry says

    I was told a long time ago that a leader should never show or tell of their struggles and sadly I believe most leaders feel and teach this way. I also believe that this is the reason why most young leaders and ones who were never mentored leave the ministry because they feel broken, lost, and alone. Glad to see that at least one mentor/leader doesn’t believe this.

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