A mentor knows how to stretch without insulting, affirm without flattering, release without abandoning us. (Chuck Swindoll, pastor and author)
Who were the most influential people in your growing up years? Think about your high school and college teachers, for example. Did you learn most from those who put you down, or were quick to criticize, or just left you off to yourself? Not likely. Learning to influence others in the ways Swindoll recounts will enable you to become the best kind of mentor.
In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned. (Titus 2:7-8)