Leaders should take the time to connect, network, and meet other leaders. Mike Davidson said, “It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.” You should take time to go within and outside of the office to connect and network with other leaders. When you are in the middle of a group of leaders you will find these benefits:
Being around other leaders allows you to learn from them and hear about their experiences. The key is to find competent leaders and ask them the right questions. You can ask them about their leadership experiences including their success and failure, what they are learning, how they have mastered a certain skill-set, or industry specific questions. Great leaders will want to share with you about those areas and are likely to walk away learning something new.
It’s been said that it’s not what you know but who you know and who knows you. The more you are meeting new leaders the more your list of contacts will grow. A full list of contacts can greatly benefit you. You never know if one of those leaders will end up coaching or mentoring you, offering you a job position, or connecting you with a high profile leader. The contacts you add to your circle can become trusted allies or close friends.
Oprah Winfrey said, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” There is something special when you are around a room full of leaders. Being around people who share the commonality of leading can provide each member of the group support, understanding, and encouragement. In essence it can refresh you.