Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.  I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live – but the standards by which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life.

Parker J. Palmer
Let Your Life Speak

5 Components of Effective Mentoring

September has been a transformational month for me. I’ve had the privilege of attending some phenomenal trainings centered around people development. You can read about one of these experiences in my post, 3 Lessons on Self-Leadership. One common component has been the importance of developing the whole person. This was most evident during my time spent participating in a workshop in Denver Colorado, led by Wes Roberts of Leadership Design Group.


Wes has been mentoring leaders for over 30 years and recently added me to the list of those privileged to be able to call him mentor and friend. Here are 5 components of effective mentoring that I experienced first hand during our workshop.