Do you have a clear picture of the relationships within your organization? Do you see the ties that extend beyond your organization, into other organizations, communities, and the broader society? If so, you have what we call network perspective.

People with network perspective understand the dynamic web of connections that have an impact on their work, their leadership, and the leadership culture of their organization. They can identify patterns of relationships and people in their personal network and the broader organizational network that will foster strategic success—and those that will inhibit or undermine it.

This paper introduces you to the concept of network perspective: what it is, why it matters, and how to develop it. We also show how developing network perspective can foster learning, growth, and change for individuals, groups, organizations, and society.

Additional Contributing Author:

Craig Appaneal, M.A., has been affiliated with CCL since 2004 and was a full-time employee from 2007 to 2012. He holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University. Craig is now an independent organizational development consultant living in Canberra, Australia.

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