One reason women are underrepresented at the top of corporations is that they lack sponsors and mentors among men in leadership roles.  It’s no secret that a well-placed sponsor and mentor can influence one’s career trajectory.  Here are three things Harvard Business Review recommends to male leaders.

  • Identify high-potential diverse talent.  Be intentional about finding women who bring different experiences and perspectives from your own.  If you can’t find someone on your own, ask HR or other leaders to recommend candidates. 
  • Determine the best stretch role.  Which high visibility opportunities would benefit from your protégés’ perspective, talent and experience?  Select a project that will clearly add value for the business, as well as the person’s career.
  • Position the role.Explain the context of the new opportunity, what you believe the person can accomplish and how the company will support them.