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Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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Understand That It’s Not All About You

You’re a blazing talent. You’re on everyone’s short list when it comes to plum assignments or missions impossible. Senior leaders want you on their team or special project. You’ve got a mentor. You’ve been given a coach. You’re being tapped for leadership development.

All systems go, right?

But if for even a minute you sit back and bask in this beneficence—if you think that this attention you’ve been shown is all about you—then you may have already squandered your opportunity. Being a great mentee is not the skill set that will endear you to sponsors. Indeed, the mentee mind-set will cost you the support you now enjoy. It will mark you as a permanent follower.

Kelly, an EVP at a Fortune 500 financial ...

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