Executive Women in Leadership: The Network Effect


The Network Effect

Leaders often ascribe different causes to their success in ascending to senior positions in their companies. Research shows that women are likely to point to the merit of their own work as the reason for promotion, whereas men tend to attribute upward mobility to their skill forging strategic relationships. In reality, strong professional networks - and the ability to leverage them to meet individual goals - are a crucial component of career advancement regardless of talent. Unfortunately, many potential women leaders undervalue or underutilize this critical tool.

In this course, designed specifically for women in leadership by Deborah Streeter, the Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise at Cornell, you will deconstruct your own professional network and how it is working - or not working - for you. By defining key roles and relationships, you will identify and address areas in your network that can be strengthened. This course will also provide you the tools to overcome common challenges to developing and maintaining networks that women face due to harassment or the double bind.

Key Course Takeaways

Map and evaluate your own professional network to identify benefits and gaps

Identify barriers to developing a strong network and create an action plan to overcome a specific barrier

Identify and attract potential sponsors and protégés to fill gaps in your professional network

Applies Toward the Following Certificates
  • Executive Women in Leadership


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