Sponsoring Women to Success
While mentoring is essential for leadership development, it is insufficient for advancing to top levels. Recent research has pointed to a more influential and specific professional relationship: sponsorship. Lately, organizations and the media have given sponsorship widespread attention, but questions abound.
- Is key to advancing high performers and gives them greater opportunities to excel through skill development and increased visibility.
- Acts as a differentiator at the top and a means to overcoming barriers for women.
- Provides valuable benefits to sponsors, including feedback, enhanced skills, increased knowledge of company needs and opportunities, and personal and professional satisfaction.
- Provides direct and indirect benefits to organizations, including better leaders and teams and increased organizational commitment.