I’m a big believer that people who nurture their personal and professional networks ultimately exert the most influence in life. I have a few friends whom I consider Master Connectors. They are able to influence and lead across boundaries, mobilizing people to achieve great things. In a new world of self-organizing teams, where the traditional hierarchical leader is no longer the main source of power, it is the connector who leads, bringing people together, and causing change to happen. Here’s a good article from the metacool blog that describes this far better than I can. http://metacool.typepad.com/metacool/2009/11/circles-of-influence.html
The lesson is simple. Build and nurture your network. Connect people together. Cause the rich exchange of ideas between minds.