The Mentor

Mentorship is about having challenging conversations that help increase our self-awareness and helps us grow both personally and professionally.

To find a mentor, pick someone you admire that is within reach and consider their willingness to form a professional relationship with you. Having a mentor will strongly build a strong personal brand by displaying your competence, experience, and positive attitude.

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5 Relationships You Need to Build a Successful Career

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The Sponsor

Sponsors advocate on your behalf and sometimes present you with career advancement opportunities. It has been proven by numerous studies that "one cannot ascend in any organization without a sponsor."

To find a sponsor, you must showcase your unique skills, cultural knowledge, amongst other things that could make you someone worth advocating for. Sponsors are high in demand and are difficult to recruit so it's important to develop a standout reputation and have good connections.

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The Partner

The partner doesn't necessarily mean your "work BFF", but rather someone who you trust, that has the drive to succeed, and is someone who is working towards the same outcome as you.

Having a mutually beneficial peer relationship is great because they are someone who complements your personality and work ethic, and they fill in the gaps of your working style. To find a partner, become an advocate for other people's work and reciprocate their enthusiasm.

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The Competitor

Competition can be healthy if it's focused on achieving results rather than battling for resources. When competitiveness is used correctly, it can serve as a motivation to hone and improve your skills and lead to improved performance.

The three vital character traits of competitive relationships are integrity, maturity, and abundance mentality. To find a rival, schedule a meeting and entice them to work with you, not against you, and have a vulnerable conversation as formidable peers.

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The Mentee

Assuming the role of the teacher helps us gain greater clarity of a subject by breaking it down into simple steps. It also helps us hone vital soft skills that every leader should have: strong communication, creativity, and empathy.

Seek out opportunities internally or externally. By being a mentor, it will also give you more visibility and help build a good reputation.

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