Boundary Spanning Leadership Enables Breaking Down Silos
By definition, boundary spanning is when leaders can work with a wide variety of others of differing positions, backgrounds, and locations. The most effective leaders are successful at spanning 5 common organizational boundaries, whether among peers (horizontal boundaries); between levels of the org chart (vertical boundaries); with external groups like customers or the supply chain (stakeholder boundaries); across age, gender, culture, ideology, etc. (demographic boundaries); and across locations (geographic boundaries). That’s why boundary spanning is the key to breaking down silos at your organization and pushing it forward into the future.
To transform these borders into innovative frontiers in today’s global, multi-stakeholder organizations, focus on the following on boundary spanning practices: