Four Network Leadership Principles

1: FOCUS ON MISSION BEFORE ORGANIZATION
2: MANAGE THROUGH TRUST, NOT CONTROL
3: PROMOTE OTHERS, NOT YOURSELF
4: BUILD CONSTELLATIONS, NOT STARS

Based on fifteen years of research on successful networks across a range of fields and contexts, and more than two centuries of collective experience of network leaders themselves, these counter-intuitive principles are the common norms that effective networks have in common. They challenge us to examine the characteristics of our own collaborations and they provide guidance on how to ensure that the impact of our collective work is dramatically greater than the sum of the individual parts.

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NETWORK LEADER RESOURCES

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These resources have been collected and curated by a community of practitioners and network supporters working to increase the impact of social sector leaders and organizations by promoting the principles of successful networks.

ARTICLES, BLOGS & CASE STUDIES

NETWORK LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY

“Despite huge differences in issue area, scale, resources, and formal roles, successful network practitioners and their networks are remarkably similar.”

— Jane Wei-Skillern

PRACTITIONERS

There are countless unsung heroes who have been working tirelessly as network catalysts and supporting the development of networks that exemplify the four principles of network leadership because that has been the clearest path to efficient, effective, and sustained impact. Despite huge differences in issue area, scale, resources, and formal roles, successful network practitioners and their networks are remarkably similar. The four network leadership principles are based on network leaders’ and their partners’ decades of experience, insights, and impact.  These are the true experts on network leadership.   Listed below is a selection of such leaders sharing their stories firsthand.

THOUGHT LEADERS & NETWORK SUPPORTERS

There are many experts whose work is dedicated to supporting and advancing collaborative social impact efforts. In contrast to many collaborations driven from the top down, network leadership emphasizes cultivating and supporting existing networks from the bottom up. Network leadership is demonstrated by all participants in the network and there is a strong emphasis and investment on developing the trust and relational foundation upon which all successful collaboration depends. Listed below is a selection of researchers and consultants whose work emphasizes these critical components of network leadership.

INVITED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (RECENT AND UPCOMING)

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM SILICON VALLEY (December 2018, Palo Alto, CA)

SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest for Tomorrow) FESTIVAL (October 2018, Jackson Hole, WY)

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS ANNUAL CONFERENCE (October 2018, Spokane, WA)

CHILDREN AND NATURE NETWORK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (May 2018, Oakland, CA)

VISION SERVE ALLIANCE CEO SUMMIT (May 2018, Tucson, AZ)

CENTRAL WASHINGTON CONFERENCE FOR THE GREATER GOOD (April 2018, Yakima, WA)

SEATTLE CORPORATE ASIAN GIVING CIRCLE LEADERS PROGRAM (December 2017 Seattle, WA)

INLAND NORTHWEST CONFERENCE FOR THE GREATER GOOD (October 2017 Spokane, WA)

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM SILICON VALLEY (October 2017 Palo Alto, CA)

HAAS UC BERKELEY, CENTER FOR SOCIAL SECTOR LEADERSHIP:  A DAY OF INSIGHT (September 2017 Oakland, CA)

ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN HEALTH FORUM VOICES ANNUAL CONFERENCE (September 2017  Washington D.C.)

1440 MULTIVERSITY SERVICE WEEK (September 2017, Scotts Valley, CA)

NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONS (NACEDA) PEOPLE AND PLACES ANNUAL CONFERENCE (JUNE 2017 Arlington, VA )

MICROSOFT ASIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE-OPPORTUNITY FAIR WORKSHOP (June 2017 Redmond, WA)

WASHINGTON STATE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE (June 2017 Bellevue, WA)

KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION LEARNING CONFERENCE (May 2017 Wichita, KS)

STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW’S 11TH ANNUAL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE: THE POWER OF NETWORK LEADERSHIP TO DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE (September 2016 Stanford, CA)