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Striking the Perfect Network Balance: Depth vs. Breadth in Leadership

February 8, 2024
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For L&D professionals, the key to enhancing leadership effectiveness lies in helping leaders strike a balance in their network's depth. A balanced network, combining both deep, meaningful connections and broader, more casual acquaintances, allows leaders to tap into a wide range of resources and perspectives. Deep connections offer substantial support and trusted advice, critical during challenging times or complex decision-making processes.

However, it's equally important to maintain a wider circle of contacts that can provide diverse insights and opportunities, fostering innovation and preventing insularity. L&D professionals should guide leaders in nurturing these relationships, ensuring they invest time in both deepening certain connections and broadening their network to stay connected with the wider industry trends and opportunities.

Balancing network depth is a dynamic process, requiring leaders to continually assess and adjust their networking strategies. This balance enables leaders to not only have a strong support system but also remain open to new ideas and collaborations, which are essential for sustained leadership growth and adaptability in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

Download our free e-book to learn more about the characteristics of an effective network, and get free access to our Network Depth Questions app which leaders can use to accelerate the deepening of their connections.

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