Lara Hogan has a great post on her site called “What does sponsorship look like?”
It’s wonderful, and although she is speaking from her experience in tech fields it can apply to anything, really.
To sponsor someone is to feel on the hook to help get someone promoted. It is raising up the name of someone to help them get more opportunities to do visible, valuable work. It is not just giving advice and mentorship. Often, you can sponsor someone without them even knowing it (many of the people I sponsor have no idea I consider them sponsees).
1. Learn the opportunities you have to raise people’s names each week.
2. Find a person to sponsor.
3. Listen to their experiences, learn about their skills and how they want to grow.
4. Raise your sponsee’s name in those opportunities.