Thursday 25 February 2016 4:31 am
Mentoring meaningfully: BoAML’s Jennifer Boussuge on how to make your help really count
We're seeing more women than ever serving on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies. However, with only four years remaining to reach the government’s target (women must occupy a third of all board seats by 2020), companies must do much more to create robust conditions that help women fulfil their executive potential. There are many factors that shape professional success. It may sound obvious, but career achievements hinge on more than just technical know-how. There is a whole roster of skills that can help spur career growth and prepare women for higher positions of leadership.
Strong communications skills, social intelligence and management abilities are essential to helping a woman’s career or business reach the next stage. But how do you learn these skills? One of the most effective ways is through mentoring others. Mentoring can be a rewarding experience, but it must be meaningful for both parties. Time is a valuable asset, so investing it in another’s development must be worthwhile.