You'll need to find a sponsor -- a powerful person who can advocate on your behalf -- if you want to advance in your career and reach the upper ranks of business leadership, according to research by the Center for Talent Innovation. A sponsor can help you make valuable connections and can offer feedback that you can use as you climb the corporate ladder, writes Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the center's founding president and CEO. You'll need to show potential sponsors that they can depend on you to do a good job, business leaders say.

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