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Improving access to mentorship
Mentorship is a crucial tool for personal and professional growth, yet many individuals face barriers in securing the right mentor. The absence of a well-established formal path to acquire a mentor further exacerbates the issue, with most people finding one through their personal network. According to a survey by Olivet Nazarene University, only 37% of 3,000 professionals in America had a mentor, despite 76% recognizing its importance.
Women in business and technology fields face even greater challenges in finding suitable mentors due to the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions. Throughout history, men have dominated these industries, shaping decisions and driving development. While the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs has increased over the years, men still hold the majority of these positions. This male-dominated leadership style has influenced the way we think about leadership, limiting women's access to female mentors and the development of their authentic leadership skills.
To address these issues, it's crucial to provide women with access to female mentors to develop their full potential and lead authentically, balancing masculine and feminine leadership traits.