Yesterday, I began a series, sparked by the conversation going on around the country about mentoring. So many have just begun this habit, while our team at Growing Leaders have been doing this for three decades. While I don’t consider myself some sort of expert on the subject, we do want to weigh in on a conversation in which so many inexperienced folks are talking. In my last blog, I covered the qualities I look for in a person when I choose to mentor them. Today, I want to share with you the commitment I ask for, when I mentor a group of emerging leaders.

Lately, I’ve spotted others writing about the need for mentoring, how much they long to find a mentor and even one person who wrote about what they do in their mentoring group, after they’ve done it for two years. All of this gave me pause. Outside of the four books I’ve written on the subject, I have never pulled back the curtain and personally described what I do in my mentoring community. I have mentored emerging leaders for just over thirty years now.  Let me share with you what I’ve learned and what I’ve found works when I mentor a community of leaders. Today, I will start with how I choose the people I want to mentor.