Chief executives should seek help early, and not wait until breaking point

CHIEF EXECUTIVES WONT NORMALLY SEEK MENTORING HELP UNTIL THEY ARE UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE AND FEELING VULNERABLE, AT WHICH TIME IT COULD BE TOO LATE

In my experience, few chief executives will freely volunteer for mentoring by an outsider. They would rather struggle on without admitting they need help. When a CEO seeks a mentor, it is almost certainly when they are experiencing particular difficulties or when investors or colleagues are applying pressure for it. Business performance problems, circling politics, business stagnation or management style problems are common triggers that prompt a CEO to consider mentoring. Once the decision is made and mentoring has started, it is often a big relief to the CEO. Best advice is not to leave it until things are near breaking point.