A sponsor is different than a mentor. A sponsor believes in your value, advocates for you, and allows you to take risks and has your back if you fail. Kevin sits down with Sylvia Hewlett, author of THE SPONSOR EFFECT: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others. They talk about the differences between a sponsor and a mentor. Sylvia also shares real-life examples of the sponsor/protégé relationship. She stresses that this isn’t a one-way relationship. Data shows that leaders who become a sponsor are more likely to receive a promotion.
In this episode, Sylvia shares:
1. Her definition of a sponsor.
2. A 7 step process to becoming a sponsor.
3. Advice on how to identify your own sponsor.
Ask yourself: Who are 3 important door-openers for you?
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Additional Leadership Resources
- Book Recommendations:
- Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
- The Connectors Advantage with Michelle Tillis Lederman.
- Managing Talent Risk with Steve Trautman.
- Learn more about Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
- Follow Sylvia Hewlett on Twitter.
- Follow Sylvia Hewlett on LinkedIn.
- Sign up for our free video training series, 13 Days to Remarkable Leadership.
- Get your free copy of my inspiring e-book, 101 Ways to Unleash Your Potential.
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