Do you know who is in your network? Individuals get work done by collaborating within networks of people day to day. Most leaders, however, have only a vague idea of who is in their network and don’t know how to effectively manage the network to boost their success.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Learn how to create an efficient network that will inspire trust and purpose, and energize your leadership.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Discover collaborative practices used by the most successful leaders
  • Explore how successful leaders at all levels invisibly manage influence without authority
  • Apply practices to reduce collaborative overload and buy back 18-24% of your time

Who Should Attend

  • Managers looking to grow their leadership skills and make a bigger impact at work
  • Executives who lead diverse teams in organizations that are dynamic and complex
  • Leadership development professionals who are charged with talent management

What Will You Learn?

This one-day Successful Leadership Through Purpose-Built Networks program is the third session in Babson Executive Education’s three-part Leadership Series. During the past decade, the collaborative intensity of work has exploded. Managers now spend 85% of their work time on email, meetings, and calls. Managing a team and executing high-quality work must compete for the sliver of the leader’s time that’s left.

Research with more than 300 organizations in the past 10 years shows that under these conditions, proactively creating a purpose-built network enhances leadership performance.

Key takeaways from the program on creating purpose-built networks include:

  • Why leaders should create a context of engagement by generating trust, purpose, and energy in networks
  • How to identify one or two successful collaborative practices to adapt within your team
  • Strategies for creating influence without authority through networks
  • Assessments that reveal collaborative overload in your organization, and action plans to turn the tide

Who Should Enroll?

This program is designed for individuals who work in dynamic organizations and want to grow their leadership skills. The day’s topics are focused toward managers, leaders, and executives in supervisory roles, as well as leadership development professionals such as executive coaches, consultants, and HR professionals.

Meet Your Faculty Director

Rob Cross

Associate Professor of Management Rob Cross studies business networks. For almost 20 years, his research, teaching, and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis to critical business issues driving bottom-line results. Through his research consortia, Connected Commons, Cross has worked with more than 300 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations across industries to improve innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness, and talent management. He also is the co-author of “Collaboration Without Burnout,” recently published in Harvard Business Review.

Accommodations/Registration Details

Cost includes program materials and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center.

The series is offered as a comprehensive three-day program. Participants also are welcome to register for individual one-day sessions. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

To preserve the collegiality and intimacy of the experience, each session has a limited number of participants. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, including available discounts, read our FAQ »