Students will be able to compare and contrast the roles of sponsors and mentors in managing their profes
Students will be able to describe situations in which sponsors and mentors can be useful in shaping a
Sponsors and Mentors
Everyone eventually needs help in life. In the workforce, there are two important types of relationships that can
help you thrive in your workplace and potentially advance your career. Sponsors and mentors assist and develop
relationships with a goal of improving your performance and finding new opportunities for development and
Mentors and sponsors are very different roles in the workplace.
A mentor provides advice and guidance. A mentor is usually someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to
about challenges you are facing. In the workforce, mentors are usually people who have worked at the company
longer than you have and who are in a similar field, although that is not always necessary.
on the best way to interact with specific employees, and help you understand and
avoid political landmines that you may come across.
Workplaces are human systems, and human systems always have politics and
interpersonal stresses. It is simply the nature of a human group. A mentor
will work with you to help you understand how others in the organization
communicate, why certain things happen, and what you need to avoid.
Mentors may be highly-ranked and visible within the organization, or they may
be someone in a similar position willing to help.
Sponsors are usually highly visible within the organization. They are respected by others and are able to influence
decisions about project assignments and promotions. They have good relationships with senior management and
may be on the senior management team.
A sponsor is someone who advocates for you. A sponsor could recommend you for a big project. A sponsor
could support your requests for promotions and make phone calls on your behalf to support you and your career
Many professional groups
relationships with children,
which can help prepare them
for working well with others