Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

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Hewlett, Sylvia Ann Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2013 Audio summary available
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Mentors serve a useful purpose, but only sponsors can effectively turbo-charge a career. In Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor, Sylvia Ann Hewlett provides a road map to help professionals find and develop a portfolio of sponsors who can open doors, based on polls and research conducted by the author’s Center for Talent Innovation. Sponsors are senior-level champions who advocate to earn their protégés raises and promotions. Protégés, in turn, build the sponsors’ currency and burnish their legacies. The reciprocity of this relationship makes it especially strong and critical to career advancement. Without sponsors to throw their hat in the ring and provide the cover that allows risk taking, individuals can expect to reach their full potential and the highest levels in their organization.