Mentorship. It’s become a highly regarded and well-entrenched practice in our work culture. It can be a great way to meet new people, hear different perspectives, get advice and share your own experiences. Regardless of your level or title, taking the opportunity to both be a mentor and have a mentor can be beneficial and important for growth.

But it’s not enough. If you want to accelerate your career, drive toward your long-term goals and gain additional exposure, sponsorship is a critical ingredient to the recipe for your success.

What’s the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?

Sponsors take a much more proactive approach to helping you advance your career. Terry Barclay is the President & CEO of Inforum, a professional organization that is dedicated to accelerating careers for women and boosting talent initiatives for companies and she defines sponsorship as “an influential leader who openly and privately advocates for you, recommends you for highly visible or stretch assignments, supports you in risk-taking, helps you build relationships with key influencers, takes a vested interest in your career path and helps confront and interrupt bias.” According to Barclay, research has shown that having a sponsor provides the most ……….

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