The following information was adapted from the white paper, “Network Savvy Executives” by Vered Asif, Chuck Palus and Kristin Cullen.
Nowadays, leadership requires paying special attention to informal relationships within the organization’s network.
Since we live in an extremely complex, changing and interconnected world, the ability to understand and leverage informal organizational networks and connections is vital and crucial for leaders. In an environment where tough decisions have to be made quickly and often, leaders can no longer rely on hierarchy or traditional approaches to get information or make things happen. This special attention to informal relationships and structures requires a network perspective. A network perspective is the ability to look beyond the boundaries of the formal organizational chart.
Our research shows that senior leaders, who develop a network perspective, have 5 key advantages:
- They seek to understand how information flows within and across departments and levels.
- They identify, develop, and leverage hidden leaders.
- They understand and strengthen their own personal network.
- They see the organizational network as diverse and changing.
- They foster a leadership culture of interdependence and collaboration.
You can learn more about those advantages in this video:
Read more on this topic in our white paper: Network-Savvy Executives–Five Advantages for Leaders in a Networked World.