The best-performing CEOs in the world

Morten T. Hansen, Herminia Ibarra and Urs Peyer

3 January 2013

Career sponsorship is a two-way street

Career sponsorship is a two-way street

Sponsorship is a vital mechanism for advancing the careers of junior employees. But it’s not just a one-way relationship in which everything flows from the sponsor to the sponsee. What sponsees bring to the relationship, in fact, is just as important — if not more important — than what sponsors do. This article describes six of the most important attributes of successful sponsees.
What great sponsors do differently

What great sponsors do differently

Sponsorship initiatives are increasingly popular today, but few sponsors are given any guidance about how best to work with the people they’ve been asked to work with, and as a result the relationships often don’t develop as productively as they should. Aspiring sponsors need more practical guidance. In this article, drawing on their long experience with sponsorship, the authors describe six important steps all sponsors should take.
How to do sponsorship right

How to do sponsorship right

Mentorship isn’t enough. To develop productive career relationships, you’ve got to be authentic.
’It’s a process that starts with simmering dissatisfaction…’

’It’s a process that starts with simmering dissatisfaction…’

Ingrid Covington meets Professor Herminia Ibarra to talk identity and transition across our working lives.
Designing leadership programs for women that really work

Designing leadership programs for women that really work

Powerful sponsors with specialist training and a deep commitment are needed to help propel women into senior roles.