When I hear that women are graduating with the majority of bachelors and advanced degrees, I get butterflies. Surely, the advantage of educational credentials will give the next generation of women leaders a running start, right? Top degrees are important and needed, but not enough. In order to truly move from newcomer to leader, there are a number of practices we need to engage in on the job. What’s more, if you ask nearly any professional woman, she has a list of things she wishes she’d learned sooner about the work world.
Much ado has been made recently about the importance of sponsors, versus mentors, in the career advancement of women. Just this summer, Catalyst released a study, Sponsoring Women to Success , pointing to the fact that sponsorship may in fact be the single most critical strategy for accelerating a woman’s career.
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