Establish relationships with multiple upper-level executives at your company so you won't be left in a tough spot if one of your most trusted mentors leaves, writes Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation. "You need to make yourself visible to a wide range of high-level managers across divisions," she writes. "Volunteer for formal mentoring programs as a mentor, or sign up for a high-profile position in another leadership development program."

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