Recent evidence suggests that women are under-sponsored and, therefore, don’t advance as rapidly as men in many organizations. Sponsorship entails advocating by creating visibility, supporting promotions, and ensuring protégés receive developmental opportunities needed to succeed. Although men often treat women with kindness and offer encouragement, too often, they fail them as vocal sponsors. In our research on men-as-allies for women, we find that public allyship skills include several key advocacy actions that help to overcomes systemic inequities in organizations. We provide an overview of these actions and implications for women, men and organizations.
David G. Smith
Johns Hopkins University
David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in...
W. Brad Johnson
U.S. Naval Academy
W. Brad Johnson, PhD is Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a...
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