There is growing impatience across Australia with the slow pace of change in the advancement of women in business. Recently we have seen a surge in female Board appointments in large Australian listed companies, but this is proving difficult to sustain and is not replicated in the pipeline of senior executive women from which Board candidates tend to be drawn. Understandably, questions are being asked – what are we doing wrong?
Why can’t we make change happen faster? Is sponsorship what women need? Sylvia Ann Hewlett advocates for sponsors for women – “experienced senior leaders who take a personal interest in actively shepherding, coaching and promoting a protégé’s career” and who stick their necks out for their protégé’s promotion in a very public way. Yet there are some very real dangers with dyadic sponsorship relationships and sponsorship needs to be introduced carefully. It is certainly not a replacement for mentoring, as some would suggest.
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