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Sponsors, not mentors – why a change in approach can matter

September 2, 2016
Borderless Leadership

On 5 October 2016, Borderless Consultants Rosalie Harrison and June Nilsson will present at a dynamic Women in Leadership Forum during the CPhI Congress in Barcelona. In the lead-up we’re recommending essential reads which explore the issues.

In this week’s featured article, Teresa Briggs, vice chair and West region managing partner at Deloitte makes the case for sponsors rather than mentors. In the article for Fortune, Briggs argues that sponsors have more invested in the process as their success is intertwined with that of the person they sponsor.

She firmly believes sponsors are more likely to ‘go into bat for you’ – opening doors and actively lobbying on your behalf. By contrast, Briggs sees mentoring as a passive process which does not equip women with the skills and contacts they need to take on leadership roles.

Read: Mentoring female leaders

What has been your experience of sponsorship or mentoring, and which do you recommend? Let us know what you think via Twitter @borderlessexec #WomeninLeadership

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