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Beyond the Inner Circle: How Open Networks Transform Leadership

February 2, 2024
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The ‘openness’ of a leader's connections is a vital aspect of their professional network - and is often misunderstood. By encouraging leaders to build open networks, where connections are not closely knitted together, we can facilitate exposure to a variety of ideas, practices, and viewpoints. This exposure is crucial for breaking down silos and fostering innovative thinking in our leaders.

With open networks, leaders find opportunities to step out of their comfort zones and interact with individuals from different industries, backgrounds, and expertise. This not only broadens their perspective, but also equips them with a wider range of solutions and strategies to apply in their leadership roles. That’s why it’s so critical to guide leaders in building, cultivating, and leveraging an open network and emphasizing how the extra attention can significantly contribute to their growth and adaptability in a rapidly changing business environment.

Showing the difference between an open and closed network. An open network has less connections between nodes.

But wait… What’s wrong with a closed network?

Closed networks, while fostering strong bonds and trust among members, often limit exposure to new perspectives and ideas. This can result in a lack of innovation and adaptability, as members may become insulated from diverse viewpoints and emerging trends outside their immediate circle.

Download our free e-book to learn more about the characteristics of an effective network, and take the free Network Self-Assessment at the end.

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