Provide executives with the skills and mindset to sponsor underrepresented leaders to enhance the leadership pipeline.
Drive Inclusive Change at Your Organization Through a Comprehensive Sponsorship Initiative Led by Experts
Do you have a formalized strategy to develop and advance women and other underrepresented groups (URPs) through your leadership ranks?
As organizations strive to reach gender parity and increase the number of underrepresented groups in their leadership ranks, executives have an essential role to play. The pandemic both created and increased the complexity of many talent challenges, including women leaving the workforce in unprecedented numbers, leaving large gaps in the talent pipeline at a time when organizations need strong and agile leadership.
Now is the time to address the challenge of leadership underrepresentation—and executives need to act as sponsors to key talent populations.
Linkage’s Executive Sponsorship Program is designed to provide executives with the skills and mindset to sponsor underrepresented leaders to enhance the leadership pipeline. Here’s how it works: Choose from three levels of engagement—Cornerstone 1, 2 or 3—which serve up a variety of ways to engage, educate and empower your executive sponsors and sponsored leaders, including a success guide, consultant-led sessions, coaching engagements and support for your internal program managers.
This program combines expert consulting and metrics, along with dynamic solutions designed to engage executives in skill-building, coaching and facilitated collaboration sessions to empower them to problem solve and make the most of the organization’s sponsorship initiative.
Organizations with more diverse leadership outperform the competition—and the culture of inclusion they create supports a thriving workforce. Linkage’s research on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace finds that effective executive involvement in the form of sponsorship is a critical lever for organizations looking to achieve success.
Your executive leaders must be able to identify, support, engage and advance diverse employees and teams to support the future of your organization—and the ability to be an exemplary executive sponsor can be learned. Most executives either do not currently possess these skills or are helping someone with their career trajectory but in an informal way, without considering which leader candidate should best be supported. The goal of this program is to empower executives to connect with someone different from them, and to serve as an organizational changemaker—giving their sponsored leader guidance, access and opportunities to advance.
The sponsored leaders have responsibilities as well—they are expected to perform effectively, and share openly and be a formidable representative of their sponsor. None of this can happen without a strong strategy and support system: Give your executive sponsors and sponsored leaders the support they need to achieve results.
Executive sponsorship focuses on a process to enable future leaders to assume great responsibility through partnership with current executives. The executives you engage through this program will go on to provide championship and opportunity for their sponsored leaders, leveraging their own reputations and granting visibility to the leader. The impact is huge—organizations who engage in strategic executive sponsorship initiatives drive higher retention of diverse leaders and meaningfully build a diverse pipeline to support key DE&I goals and exceed benchmarks.
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