Build your network. I cannot emphasize this enough. As a leader, it is important that you have an ‘outward’ focus, that is, that you set your sights outside your organization. Begin to build a network of fellow leaders in your industry, and also in fields that are linked to yours.
By doing so, your eyes will be opened to the challenges facing your industry, and you will learn how others are dealing with the same issues that you face. You will also get a clear idea of where you stand, i.e. what you are doing well, where you need to improve, and how you measure up in your industry. All of these can only spur you on to greater things. And the best thing about a network is the possibility to build strong personal relationships. Many great mentoring relationships, and even friendships, have been born this way.
Start today. Begin to build your network. In an upcoming post, I will share some insights on how to network in a way that is true to your character. Stay tuned for this one.