A sponsor is like a mentor on steroids—someone who not only advises you, but is also willing and able to expend political capital on your behalf. Here's how to get noticed by potential sponsors and build a strong relationship with them.
- Finding a mentor, or a mentor board of directors,…can be critical to taking your performance…to the next level.…But it's important to investigate…a very specific variety of mentor, a sponsor.…A mentor in general is someone who cares about you…and gives you advice.…That's obviously incredibly valuable.…But having a sponsor is a step up from that…in terms of its effect on your career,…because a sponsor is someone who not only advises you…but is willing to expend political capital on your behalf.…
That's the person who, in the meeting where…the big decision is being made, steps up and says,…we need to give her the promotion,…or he really deserves this raise.…So how do you find a sponsor?…First, you need to identify which of your mentors,…meaning someone who's taken an interest in helping you…and cares about your future,…actually has the ability to become a sponsor.…The definition of a mentor can be incredibly broad,…because you can learn valuable things from almost anyone.…But a sponsor really does need to be senior to you,…
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