I have multiple supporters, some that I actively cultivated and some that developed more naturally. I think of them as my Board of Directors … they help me guide my strategic direction with an objective view as to what is best at a macro level. Sometimes they present opportunities to me because they know me, my strengths, my development needs, and my passions. And they give me feedback … positive and negative.
“I guess I believe in ‘supportership’ more than ‘sponsorship’…”
The term sponsorship does not really resonate with me, so I looked up the definition: “one who assumes responsibility for another person or a group during a period of instruction, apprenticeship, or probation.” I personally believe in taking responsibility for one’s self, but I know and appreciate that I have obtained some of my best roles (including the one I am currently in) due to my network of supporters.