Five advantages for leaders in a networked world

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:

  1. They seek to understand how information flows within and across departments and levels.
  2. They identify, develop, and leverage hidden leaders.
  3. They understand and strengthen their own personal network.
  4. They see the organizational network as diverse and changing.
  5. 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.


About Vered Asif

Vered is an Organizational Leadership Practitioner at the Center for Creative Leadership EMEA. Her fields of interest are Thought Leadership, Societal Leadership, Leadership Strategy and Professional Identity. Research is part of her professional identity, and she is constantly exploring and investigating the connection between research and practice in the Organizational Leadership realm. Vered is currently co-authoring a white paper on Societal Leadership Strategies. Vered Holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and MA in Organizational Sociology and Critical Thinking, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
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4 Responses to Five advantages for leaders in a networked world

  1. Good points. One of the most powerful advantages is that leaders get to see if the strategy they set out is actually playing out on the ground in real time. In no time in history has this been possible in large organisations.

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  3. Gone are the days when the traditional style of leadership, or leading with an iron hand worked for as long as the leader is able to stir his company to achieve it’s goals. Before employees can be directed and directed upon by mentors, and treat blind obedience as sign of respect. Today, the changing society demands a new type of leadership, that is based on teamwork and collaboration. Today, leaders who acknowledge their weaknesses, and at such recognize the need for team members to fill the gap, often gain the respect, trust and confidence of his subordinates. Today, successful leaders are indeed those who are able to connect or network in informal organizations within the company. Decision making and achievement of company goals has been proven to be more effective this way.

  4. avatar ochieng peter says:

    leadership merits given above are so vital in that once you adopt them by all means you have to become aperfect leader who will leave legacy. but don’t forget to put God first before you do anything.

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