While designing a leadership intervention for women professionals, a training need specifically identified by the MD of the organization was ‘Networking’. He had noticed that the men who are potential leaders tend to actively invest their personal and professional time in building their networks with people who matter. Women, on the other hand, try to rely just on themselves and seem to look at networking as a ‘time-waster’ or unnecessary activity. He felt that this acted as a setback for women since their visibility was lower as compared to men, in the circuits that mattered. The same training need came up multiple times over the last 3 years while discussing development inputs for women professionals, with various organizations, and hence, we decided to delve deeper into the topic.
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