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What young women think it takes to get ahead at work isn't actually what moves the needle

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

What young women think it takes to get ahead at work isn't actually what moves the needle

Senior women in the workplace say sponsorship, and navigating office politics, has been key to their success, according to a report from McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org.
More junior women think it comes down to good communication skills.
The report authors say it's important for women to cultivate sponsors who are men as well as sponsors who are women.
Ideally, employees would be evaluated and given opportunities for advancement based on their past performance.
This isn't exactly how things work.
Instead, it can matter a lot who you know and who's vouching for you, especially within your current organization.
That idea is illustrated by a 2018 report on women in the workplace, from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. The report highlights data on women in the financial-services industry.
One of the more curious findings: Fifty-four percent of early career women believe "strong communication skills" will propel them to success, while 56% of late career women believe "sponsorship by a senior leader" will push them...

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