Finding a Sponsor

with Simon T. Bailey
Finding a Sponsor

In our competitive workforce, it's crucial that you stand out from the other candidates vying for the same opportunities. Sponsors—individuals within an organization who see your potential and point you in the right direction—can help you define your personal brand and act as your advocate. In this course, executive coach Simon T. Bailey explains how sponsors can guide you along in your career. Learn about the differences between sponsors and mentors and discover how to assess and clarify your career goals, so you can choose the most appropriate sponsor. Once you identify and secure a sponsor, see how you can build a trusting relationship and continue to learn from them and their sphere of influence as you grow your career.
Topics include:
  • Defining your career goals
  • Leveraging your sponsor's influence
  • Engaging with your sponsor as an advocate
  • Finding projects outside your job requirements
  • Making your strengths visible to your organization
  • Navigating political roadblocks
  • Avoiding career potholes


  • Introduction
    • Welcome
      1m 34s
  • 1. What to Know Before Approaching a Sponsor
    • The difference between a sponsor and a mentor
      3m 22s
    • How a sponsor can help you
      4m 20s
    • Know what your career goals are
      4m 41s
    • How to find a sponsor
      4m 32s
  • 2. Leverage Your Sponsor’s Influence
    • How to build trust with your sponsor
      2m 35s
    • How to engage your sponsor as an advocate
      3m 5s
    • How to leverage your sponsor’s influence
      2m 40s
    • How to find projects outside of your job requirements
      2m 45s
    • How to make your strengths visible to your organization
      3m 11s
  • 3. Leverage a Sponsor’s Knowledge and Experience
    • Learn the intangibles of how to succeed in business
      4m 46s
    • How to navigate political roadblocks
      4m 27s
    • How to avoid potholes in building your career
      4m 51s
  • Conclusion
    • Next steps
      1m 12s