A critical success factor for all Leaders, particularly during times of change, is having a network which is:
- Broad – includes a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the organisation, and across a range of functions
- Deep – includes stakeholders at all levels in the hierarchy
- Established – based on trust, authenticity, reciprocity and transparency
Building a network takes time and energy, and it must be genuine. An effective network is a career accelerator. An ineffective network can often be a career derailer.