Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
In this episode, Natasha has a conversation with Dr. Liz Selzer on the topic “Mentor as Coach.” They discuss the professional side of mentoring, and why mentoring is such an important leadership tool.
Dr. Liz Selzer founded the Mentor Leadership Team, a consulting and training company that helps organizations unleash the potential of their people. Dr. Selzer’s passion for helping organizations better value and engage employees led to numerous articles on mentoring and the publication of her three books: 3G Mentoring, Your Culture at its Strongest and Real Leaders. Her radio show, Mentoring across Differences or MAD radio was a top rated digital program for two years. Her published dissertation demonstrated the positive longitudinal effectiveness of mentoring as an adult learning strategy. As an internationally sought after speaker and trainer, Dr. Selzer has trained in leadership development on six continents and throughout the United States. Her clients include a wide range of organizations: McGraw Hill, NASA, YUM! Foods, General Dynamics and Good Samaritan Hospitals to name a few. She also has taught organizational leadership at several universities.
We are continuing our discussion of Humility: True Greatness with a focus on “Inviting and Pursuing Correction” (Chapter 10) and “Responding Humbly to Trials” (Chapter 11).
Pride not only destroys; it deceives. Sin in its deceptive power so often blinds us, leaving us unaware of flaws that others notice clearly (123).
As I read that sentence, I thought of how much of our suffering is connected to sin (either our own or the consequences we experience from others) I also thought about how difficult it seems to utter the words, “I’m sorry. I apologize for… [state exactly what we did to offend or sin against the other person]” and then follow our statement of confession by asking for their forgiveness. Our own pride and maybe the fear of how the receiving party will respond keeps us from humbly loving others in this way. Yet God calls us to intentional acts of peacemaking, and we need others to help us on the road to humbly making peace with others.