Forget Mentoring – Why Championing Is Essential For Women’s Leadership

In 2015 Kitty Chisholm and I wrote our book ‘Championing Women Leaders‘ starting with a quote from Tennis Champion Billie Jean King; “We are not measured by the number of champions we create, but by the number of opportunities we create for others to be champions in life.” This is especially relevant today as we find that more organizations are requesting information on Championing. The trio of support for women’s careers centers around mentoring, championing (or sponsorship), and coaching. Mentoring is the first step to providing resources for women to think about their career path, but mentoring is people talking to you. As you develop your career aspirations, you need multiple people talking about you. Isn’t Championing just sponsorship by another name? Well, the framework developed for championing is quite specific. 

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