Women in Mentoring: The Mentee

December 07, 2018

Did you know that gender diversity on an executive level enhances an organizationís performance? When researching women in management, we found that women only hold 24% of senior roles across the globe, and that there is an abundance of global organizations that do not have women in any senior positions. However, according to Peterson Institute, having at least 30% women in corporate leadership positions adds 6% to net profit margin. As mentioned in our previous article, Women in Mentoring: The Mentor, it is more common to see men as the mentor than it is women, and we believe this lack of gender diversity is the reason why.

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It is possible to see more gender diversity in leadership positions and improved company culture across global organizations, but it starts with mentoring women.

Empowering women leaders through mentoring partnerships leads to more opportunities them to continue to develop their career as well as fill your succession pipeline. This shows these mentees that you value them and plan on moving them up as the organization grows. Armed with this sense of security, women will contribute to the organization in a more impactful way.

Creating a mentoring program for women

Before implementing a mentorship program, prepare an agenda that gives your mentee time to dive deeper into her thoughts and concerns about participating in a mentoring relationship. Address these elements while keeping an open mind and letting her know that her voice is being heard. One of your main priorities when mentoring women should be to connect with them on more than a professional level.

This can be done byÖ

  • Listening to your mentee: Donít jump into giving advice. Help your mentee explore every option first. Itís not always advice women are seeking.
  • Inspiring leadership: Encourage your mentee to pursue new opportunities. Fill in any skill gaps that she will need to succeed in her career and steer her in the right direction.
  • Being aware of stereotypes: Donít assume. Ask your mentee questions about her everyday challenges. Sympathize with her. Discuss similarities and differences in your career paths, but donít let this get in the way of the mentorship process.

Benefits for the Mentee

In a successful mentoring relationship, the female mentee gains many skills beyond those that are simply technical. Mentoring gives them the self-confidence and know-how to speak beyond their actions, allowing mentees to verbally express their desire for career advancement.

Another benefit of mentoring women is that the relationship opens doors to networking opportunities. Opportunities that their male counterparts are more likely to have access to. In addition to this, mentoring women can improve how they network as well, such as the techniques they can use while at a networking event.

Overall, mentoring teaches women to step out of their comfort zone and gives them the confidence to pursue opportunities they may have otherwise ignored.


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