In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to implement a sponsorship mentoring programme By Lis Merrick In most organisations, mentoring is seen primarily as developmental, with the emphasis on empowering and enabling people to do things for themselves. In some organisations, though, particularly those wishing to support individuals perceived to be unfairly disadvantaged, the exercise of authority and influence on behalf of a protégé is seen as appropriate. Sponsorship mentoring programmes are often used to support male/female talent imbalance in large organisations. As Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote: “High-potential women need sponsors who will not only provide advice, […]

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