Active sounding board
The need for guidance over the course of a career tends to be underestimated, whether you’re new to the labor market or an experienced manager. All sorts of challenging situations can often be resolved through input from others. You can source guidance through a mentor–mentee relationship or by regularly building and maintaining a network of colleagues – both within and outside your own industry.
Interesting job opportunities
A strong network can give you access to exciting new services, maybe ones you weren’t actively seeking. You might receive an early tip-off about job opportunities, and even if you never choose to take on this type of challenge, the tips will be invigorating.
Lifelong learning is essential for a successful career. Development and guidance might come together in the way certain contacts push you to apply for a challenging post, or others inspire you to work harder or with greater focus in order to develop in your existing role.
Getting to share another person’s story is rewarding and your network can open up new perspectives and exciting discoveries. For some, this means gaining new insights via discussions on social platforms, while others gather innovative tips and ideas from discussions at seminars, on courses and in other similar contexts.
Satisfaction from helping others
Being able to turn to your contacts for help when you need it is great, but remember that this relationship goes both ways. Good communication with the network creates opportunities for the positive exchange and sharing of knowledge. Make yourself available to your network and start making your unique contribution.
Friends for life
When you regularly meet up and enjoy a good exchange of views, relationships frequently progress from being purely professional to also being personal and/or private. Many friendships have grown out of networking and the chance to talk to like-minded people about shared interests.
Strong leaders create a structure around themselves that keeps them on track. This may involve family, mentors, role models, close friends and colleagues. They develop deep relationships based on trust – which is vital during challenging or anxious times. They build strategic networks when they don’t need them, so they’re there when they do.
Original: Carl Klingborg
Graphics: Emma Duong
Editor: Henrik Ekequist