The role of the sponsor is module one of five in the Sponsor Toolkit.
This module outlines the purpose of sponsorship and clarifies the role of the sponsor as distinct from mentors and other career enablers. It explains why minority employees (women, BME men and women, etc.) are less likely than their (white male) counterparts to be sponsored. Finally, it describes how the reciprocal nature of successful sponsorship relationships creates a “sponsor effect”, which can fast track protégés to better career opportunities and contribute to increased job satisfaction for minority employees.
An overview of all five modules can be found here.
Sponsors participating in the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Diversifying Leadership (DL) programme vary from senior leaders with extensive experience of sponsorship to those undertaking a formal sponsorship role for the first time. Informed by research and evidence-based practice, this module aims to clarify your role and responsibilities as a DL sponsor, to ensure you are able to fulfil your commitment in line with the programme objectives and, ultimately, so that your contribution results in the intended benefits for you, your protégé, and your institution. The resources provided are neither exhaustive nor overly prescriptive but it is hoped you will find them a useful supplement.
Note: the About Sponsorship module is designed to be released in tandem with the first module of the DL programme, which itself includes an introduction to sponsorship and explains how participants should prepare for and manage their sponsorship relationships.
The statement "It's not what you know but who you know and who knows you' has been the most fundamental thing. I approached my sponsor with this statement and said I need senior staff to know who I am and I need them to know what I do. He agreed and has helped me in this endevour." 2016 Diversifying Academic Leadership participant
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