The Importance of Mentorship

user Trium
calendar

The importance of mentorship is perhaps demonstrated best by the following occurrence in nature. In a game park in Eastern South Africa, a nature conservancy discovered 36 dead rhinos. Not only was the loss significant to the park, but the manner in which the rhinos were killed was baffling: they appeared to have been trampled. Elephants were the likely suspects, but this mystified park rangers because elephants don’t normally kill rhinoceroses.

“As park rangers explored the mystery they discovered that indeed, young, male elephants were provoking confrontation with the rhinos and killing them. The behavior was very unusual and the park had no choice but to kill the offending elephants. When they did, the vicious attacks on the rhinos stopped and a state of peace resumed between the animals. Still, the question remained: what caused these elephants to behave so savagely and uncharacteristically in the first place?”

When rangers dug deeper, they learned that all of the offending elephants had been imported from another reserve as baby elephants and were without male role models. As a result, when they reached adolescence, there were no adult males for them to follow so they became juvenile delinquents of a sort without supervision or strong role models to teach them the ways of adulthood.

This behavior was an aggressive aberration for the elephants and points to the need for strong mentorship. Organizations where senior leaders behave like Warriors are destined to create next-level leaders that don’t understand the value of mentoring either, and the ultimate future of an organization becomes jeopardized by this cycle.

Back to TriumIQ

Let’s Talk

Contact Us

Trium IQ

Moments of Knowing

There are moments in time during which one experiences a deep sense of certainty that cannot be…

Read

Our Recipe for a Successful Strategic Leadership Offsite

Taking time to pause and bring your team together is important and it’s also a huge investment…

Read

Playing Big

What is it about our willingness to stay small? Have you noticed it? In yourself? In your…

Read

The Case for Congruent Leadership

Extraordinary leaders regularly ask one very powerful question, “What am I doing or not doing that is…

Read

3 Ways Leaders Can Make Difficult Conversations Feel Easier

Leaders are expected to act as the guiding lights and role models for everyone else. And every leader, no…

Read

The Gift of ADHD: How My Son Taught Me To Be a Better Leader and Coach

I have a 15-year-old son who is a wonderful, intelligent, sensitive being who, in many ways, is…

Read

How to win in a post-pandemic future

Now that we are turning our collective gaze away from the immediate global crisis, it’s time to…

Read

The Paradox of Leadership

At its core, leadership is about the ability to leverage paradox. There are five polarities that are…

Read

“Maturity begins when one lives for others” – Hermann Hesse

Reflections on my new role as Founder and Chairman of The Trium Group I founded Trium in 1998 inspired…

Read

How to Effectively Leverage Executive Coaching: 3 Steps to Hiring a Coach

I lead the executive coaching practice at The Trium Group, where we serve senior leaders and their…

Read

How to Make Your Post-pandemic Leadership Offsite a Huge Success

With vaccination rates climbing, many companies are now considering how they’ll get their leadership teams working together…

Read

What Good Leaders Do When Replacing Bad Leaders

Those who are replacing poor or controversial leaders have a special challenge. Every leader who fills a…

Read

Catching Up with Reality

One of the great challenges that all human beings face is aligning their behavior with reality. This has…

Read

Focus on Your Other Hand

In the last year, as leaders have been navigating unprecedented levels of uncertainty and anxiety, our clients…

Read

Want to Be a Great Leader? Be a Great Coach

It’s no secret that the Bay Area is one of the highest-priced labor markets in the country,…

Read

How to Build Strategy When “Set it and Forget it” Won’t Work

This piece was written by Doug Randall and originally published on Real Leaders. A global pandemic. Civil…

Read