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A survey of MBA alumni from top business schools shows that helping to develop others’ skills is beneficial for career growth – especially for women.

The stereotypical ‘queen bee’ who makes it to the top and wants to keep other women down is an unhelpful myth, says Catalyst, the not-for-profit organisation that conducted the study. This follows a previous study called The Myth of the Ideal Worker.

The report found that high-level women who attributed their success in part to the help and support of others were more likely to “pay it forward” by themselves offering to help their juniors.

Indeed 59 per cent of respondents who gave developmental support to colleagues had previously received it themselves. And 64 per cent of those offering support were in senior executive positions, compared to 30 per cent at non-managerial level.

Catalyst says: “The report poses key questions... How is your organisation creating a culture of talent development? What will motivate your talent to ‘pay it forward’ to the next generation of leaders? How can more men be encouraged to develop women at their organisations?”


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