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.

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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.