In The Benefits of Connecting and Networking with other Leaders we discussed these benefits of being around other leaders: Growth opportunities, gaining new contacts, being refreshed, and promoting yourself (click here to read the post). Reading those benefits will show you the value of taking time to connect and network with other leaders. I recommend taking time on a regular basis, at least once a month, to be around other leaders you don’t know yet or the leaders you can build a stronger relationship with. Here are four places that will allow you to be around other leaders.
When you attend a live conference, especially if it’s on the topic of leadership, you will have the opportunity to meet other leaders. You have to be strategic about it though. I wrote about the best way to go about meeting other people or leaders in The Little Book of Personal Growth. I said, “Being proactive during the breaks or before and after the sessions can provide you with the opportunity to meet and connect with a lot of different people. You should plan to arrive early, stay after, and place yourself around others during the breaks so you are able to meet and start conversations with them.” When you do this you will be able to leave the conference with a handle of new contacts.
2. At work
You spend a lot of time at work so why not connect and network with other leaders. The number of people you will be able to connect with will depend on the size of the organization and how many people work in the same office building. No matter if the organization is small or large you should be able to find at least several other leaders to connect with.
There are over 100 employees at my place of employment. I’m a supervisor with several levels of people in authority above me. I’ve intentionally placed myself at the places where I’m likely to be able to connect with my superiors. This one strategy has allowed me to build a rapport with everyone within the organization where I work. I recommend taking time, like during lunch breaks, to walk around the office area connecting with other people (leaders) or placing your self were the other leaders tend to congregate. In time you will be able to meet and build professional relationships with the leaders at your workplace.
Question: Where have you connected and networked with other leaders at?
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