Are you curious about Executive Mentoring?
You must be if you are reading this. Well here are five different reasons that leaders benefit from having a season with a mentor:
1 – Increased Focus
Leaders often get too involved working in their organization and because they are too close to the day-to-day they can lose the big picture. An Executive mentor can help you regain clarity, focus and effectiveness.
2 – Increased Accountability
Do you ever find yourself making excuses for not doing things that you know as a leader you should be doing? Do you keep pushing things off for another week? Having a leadership mentor acts as an accountability partner to help you keep your commitments.
3 – Increased Confidence
Leaders get embroiled in negative self-talk and that is a major barrier to success. Good mentors are encouraging you to envision a successful future and can help create a plan and strategy. Having this in place will absolutely build your confidence and erase doubts.
Confidence is critical to your success, but it can be difficult to build our own self-confidence. Confidence is a by-product of predictability (Bobb Biehl) and an executive mentor can point out the predictable nature of various actions.
4 – Great Ideas
As a leader do you have someone who you can bounce ideas off? It can be difficult to know whether an idea is crazy or pure genius. Having someone safe you can brainstorm with can help you think of better options, improve them or find even better solutions or resources available.
5 – Better Decision Making
We all have our prejudices, preconceived notions, or beliefs about people or situations that can actually be detrimental to our performance and decision-making, by clouding our judgment.
Having that unbiased view, someone who can help us differentiate reality from perception will help us to see things as they really are and help us make better choices.
Leaders should make executive mentoring/coaching part of their development plan. Reading books, attending all the courses, motivational seminars or conferences you want are helpful but you can leap-frog ahead dramatically with an executive mentor/coach. They can help give you a different perspective which we all need from time to time. They are there solely to see you succeed.