Fostering Mentorship & Relationships
Mentorship plays a critical role in developing a workplace that is supportive and diverse from the top down. This becomes especially true when considered against today’s work environments, in which women report fewer substantive interactions with senior leaders than their male counterparts. More than half (51%) of women in senior management report they interact with a company leader at least once a week, compared to 62% of men, and women indicate that the presence or absence of a supportive mentorship program is what ultimately drives their decision either to remain within their organization or to leave.
No matter what society says, there’s enough room for everyone at the table. We unpack the struggles of navigating a competitive landscape, lay emphasis on building positive relationships, and explore what it means to pay it forward.
- Assessing their past and present mentors and mentees and identify the impact that they had personally and professionally
- Compiling the common qualities of previous positive mentors and sharing among the group to recognize key characteristics
- Selecting another woman (or women) in need of mentorship and determine how they (as the participant) can embody the previously-identified qualities of a mentor to “pay it forward” and see another succeed
- Recognizing how each woman can become an informal mentor or advocate for the other women in the organization, driving toward greater success for all