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Birdbox Leadership and Modern Mentoring

Birdbox Leadership and Modern Mentoring

Top 5 Reasons Your Leaders Need A Mentor

In 2018, Netfilx introduced the world to a mysterious horror film titled, Birdbox. A mysterious force descends upon the nations and decimates the population. The interesting thing is that if individuals see it, it takes on their worst fears. Sandra Bullock and some cast-mates survive by covering their eyes and blindly moving towards safety.

For many leaders they have taken this “birdbox” leadership approach when working with their peers and teams. Hoping that if they turn a proverbial blind eye to what’s occurring, they will somehow lead their team to safety. But just as Sandra Bullock had to face her fears head-on, so will leaders if they want to help their teams produce more and work effectively. Leaders shouldn’t be left to face these fears or blind spots alone. Partnering them with a mentor can help them navigate the sometimes unpredictable terrain of leadership.

Listed below are the top five blind spots for many leaders and what can be addressed by a mentor:

Failing to delegate

Many leaders are afraid that asking for help or delegating tasks will result in the work being subpar. A mentor can help a leader formulate strategies on how to effectively delegate and maintain accountability.

Avoiding conflict

It is often a natural tendency to avoid difficult conversations and conflict. However, a great leader has the ability to create safety even with difficult conversations. Mentors can provide leaders a safe space to practice and prepare for tough conversations.

Developing performance bias

The halo or horn effect is a cognitive bias that causes one’s perception of another to be unduly influenced by a single positive or negative trait. Leaders can have unconscious bias, particularly around the performance of their team and/or its members. Utilizing a mentor can help a leader gain clarity and unbiased perspective regarding the performance of the team and its members.

Disconnecting from strategic priorities and noticing team dynamics

In the midst of executing, it is easy to become disconnected to strategic priorities and/or stay in tune to what is occurring within their team. It is important to have an outside perspective via a mentor that can help leaders remain accountable to their strategic priorities and also call attention to team dynamics.

Practicing emotional intelligence and active listening

According to Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence in leadership is a combination of self-awareness, motivation, self-regulation, social skills, and empathy. Utilizing a mentor can help leaders practice and maintain emotional intelligence and active listening.

For more leadership and mentor resources, contact eMentorConnect.

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Yolanda Johnson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
yolanda.a.johnson@gmail.com

Highly energetic and enthusiastic HR professional. Skilled in aligning business strategy with talent management programs that initiate and sustain corporate culture change. Demonstrated ability to apply a systematic process for analyzing human performance gaps and closing them