Networking Leadership 101

Build your core professional network

Course Details

  • Price: FREE
  • Start Date: Feb 13, 2018
  • Time: 1.5 hours/week 
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Partner: CCL

What You’ll Learn:

  • Understand the key characteristics of effective networks and network “traps” to avoid
  • Use online tools to visualize your current network and discover common network traps to avoid
  • Understand what it takes to be intentional about your network, and how to achieve quick and easy wins to get started
  • Identify specific ways you can cross a network boundary, make a new introduction, and deepen an existing relationship


At some point, you’re going to have call on others for feedback and support. Study after study demonstrates that the more leaders and organizations can manage and navigate their networks, the more they can achieve their goals. But despite its importance, networking sounds distasteful, self-serving, and even phony. We need new a mindset and strategy to maintain critical relationships or leverage existing ones.

Networking 101 will teach you how to build your core professional network. You’ll read about real people—reluctant networkers—who have made a significant impact through just a few connections with others.


Project-Based Course

Course Syllabus

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  • 2 reading guides highlighting case studies and examples
  • 2 workshop guides to help you map and understand your own network
  • Instructional videos from Phil Wilburn, a network scientist and faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership
Section 1: Diagnose Your Network
  • Video: Introduction from Phil Wilburn
  • Video: Leader Network Diagnostic Walkthrough
  • Video: Diagnosing Network Traps
  • Reading: Networking for the Social Sector
  • Reading: Why do YOU care about networking?
  • Reading: The Networking Mindset
  • Reading: 3 Characteristics of Effective Networks
  • Reading: Gender-Related Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Networks
  • Reading: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Reading: Wisdom from an Experienced Networker
  • Activity: Individual Reflection
  • Activity: Socilab Network Visualization
  • Activity: Network Diagnostic
  • Activity: Discussion
  • Activity: 5 Minute Favors
Section 2: Build Your Future Network
  • Video: Networking Leadership Week 2 Introduction
  • Video: Practical Tips for Building Your Network
  • Video: Nick’s Challenge
  • Reading: Reimagining Your Role
  • Activity: Business Card of the Future
  • Reading: 5 Quick Wins to Get Started
  • Reading: The Power of Latent Ties
  • Activity: Plan for My Current Relationships
  • Activity: Individual Reflection
  • Activity: Leadership Network Plan
  • Resources: Further Reading
  • Activity: 5 Minute Favors

Course Partners

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research.

What People Are Saying

Jessica Angeli Balbuena

"This is the best networking class I've taken; it gave me a very actionable way to build relationships in a mindful way. I was a reluctant networker, but with this class I feel better equipped to diversify my network."

Jessica Angeli Balbuena, Innovation Strategist