A sponsor is someone who is willing to place a bet on untapped potential. A seasoned sponsor will have established a track record as a talent scout and talent developer.
According to Amanda Martinez, who is Group Vice President of Corporate Procurement with Albertsons Companies, you’ll recognize a potential sponsor because he or she has a track record of creating success stories out of protégés. “Your sponsor needs to be someone who people see as a good judge of performance,” she says. “That makes the sponsor’s vote much more powerful.”
If your company is like most, there are a limited number of people in your organization who have both the desire and the influence to act as your sponsors. Here’s an important first step toward gaining sponsorship: Identify who those leaders are.
If you’re not familiar with whom these individuals are, make a point of finding out. Here are seven ways to spot potential sponsors.
Read Jo’s article for Be Leaderly.