Putting value on a network.

by Leon Goren

No one can build a great business alone. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to themselves.

Whether you are a leader of a small business or an established industry player, having access to high-quality objective advice enhances both the leader’s and organization’s odds of success. I know this because without a network I would not have been able to expand and enhance the value of PEO.

When we connect with a diverse group of people, we can think and push ourselves to grow. This is why being a part of a thriving community of experienced leaders willing to give to each other for the betterment of all, is imperative. When you have it, success becomes truly unparalleled. This type of support can ignite a fire under us and change the course of our lives.

Of course when I think of the last ten years, I think about the network LinkedIn alone has created. And how much it has potentially enhanced all our business connections. We are a part of a network whether we like it or not. Whether you belong to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, the list goes on… And new insights and learnings are readily available to us, in abundance in fact. If you’re like me, this copious amount of information is daunting at times, so the trick is knowing how to filter it.

This is exactly why belonging to a properly structured network is of most value – a strategically selected group of peers from diverse gender backgrounds, experiences and industries, to help us think, learn and grow. A network that challenges us with new thoughts, trends, and insights for solving problems and facilitating growth. And a confidential environment to discuss the most intimate challenges, both personal and professional.

I’ve written about it before, but “Lonely at the top” is a fact. It is a reality of success most leaders experience, yet very few discuss. Having access to a valued network is where these executives who often feel the overwhelming burden of leadership can get the support they need.

“Networking that matters is helping people achieve their goals.” I couldn’t agree with Seth Godin more.

When a thriving community of experienced leaders is designed and built to help each other, it results in the betterment of all. That’s when you really begin to understand the importance and value of a network.

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Leon Goren, owner and CEO of the Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO), brings his passion for purposeful leadership to the PEO leadership community. Leon’s 25 years of leadership experience underscores his unique impact on the way PEO leaders lead, learn and live. He leverages his innate understanding of their needs and challenges to inspire leaders to excel beyond the status quo. Leon is also the Toronto Chair of TIGER 21, where he leverages his experience to develop exceptional leaders working with high net worth investors and families. As founder and CEO of justwhiteshirts.com in 1997, Leon became one of Canada’s first online success stories, bringing the dot com retail experience to Canadians.

Today, as an authority on leadership and business strategy, Leon is consistently invited to address various business audiences, including the graduating classes of Chartered Accountants. His thought leadership is published in the CA Magazine, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. Leon is on the Advisory Board of UMBRA and Timewyse Corp. and is a former member of the North York Athletic Club board of directors. Leon is a CPA, CA. He is married with three children and is active in sports, including triathlons and skiing.

To connect with Leon, you can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn

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