Men rule the world……or so it seems when the lion’s share of men sit in the executive suite across America. And in 2018, the share of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 dropped by 25% and now make up less than 5% of all CEOs. Crazy, right?
That means we need to double our efforts to advance change in the workplace and gender parity. Women make up over 51% of managers, yet so few rise to the C-suite. Even more telling, is the fact that women in the C suite are less likely to have positions with direct reports and profit-and-loss responsibility.
I have said it many, many times. It takes a sponsor to support and guide your career, one who can make a huge difference in your career projection.
We know that male champions believe gender inclusiveness means involving both men and women in advancing women’s leadership. They are career enablers who enhance visibility among top leadership and actively push for women's advancement.
Real sponsors actively drive advancement through concrete actions: they open doors, recommend women for promotions, and propose existing opportunities at the top. Yes, that is a real sponsor!
So how do you recognize a male sponsor? Well there are several key traits of a true male champion:
Male champions come in all sizes. But the one thing they have in common is their courage and persistence in order to overcome resistance to gender inclusiveness. They believe in the value of gender equity in the workplace and are willing to stand up for it.
Men play a crucial role in gender equity in the workplace. And the female leaders who have been championed by them come away with the confidence that they belong at the table and have the right to be there.