Source: Harvard Business Review
Published: August 2019
The Sponsorship Spectrum
Circulated: May 18, 2020
Sponsorship is a kind of helping relationship in which senior, powerful people use their clout to talk up, advocate for, and place a more junior person in a key role. While a mentor is someone who has knowledge and will share it with you, a sponsor is a person who has power and will use it for you.
1) Mentor: provide advice, support, or coaching
2) Strategizer: share insider information about advancing; strategize getting ahead
3) Connector: make introductions to influential people; talk them up with your peers
4) Opportunity giver: provide a high-visibility opportunity
5) Advocate: publicly advocate a promotion; fight for them in settings when they can’t fight for themself
Bonus: As an individual, a good place to start is by taking stock of who you mentor and what kind of help you provide.