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Internal Alliance Building


As you progress through the critical early stages of your leadership journey, the importance of gaining the support of key organisational stakeholders cannot be overstated. During the pivotal days 31 to 60, strategically building strong internal alliances is essential. These alliances can significantly boost your strategic initiatives and amplify your organisational influence. This blog post explores practical methods for forging these essential partnerships, drawing on insights from business leaders and recent research in organisational behaviour.


Effective Alliance Building

Creating robust internal networks is crucial for navigating the complexities of organisational politics and achieving strategic goals effectively:

  • Identify Key Players: Focus on identifying and engaging with influential stakeholders and decision-makers within the organisation. A study from Harvard Business Review emphasises the importance of understanding their goals and challenges, which allows you to tailor your strategies to align with their interests and gain their support.

  • Build Reciprocal Relationships: Develop relationships based on mutual benefits. Show how your initiatives support others' objectives, which is crucial in fostering a cooperative environment that benefits the entire organisation. According to a report by McKinsey, companies where leaders successfully establish reciprocal relationships see a 30% higher rate of employee engagement and satisfaction.

Two teams playing volleybal. One teams supporting each other to score a point

Extended Strategies for Alliances

  • Regular Communication: Implement regular strategy sessions and informal catch-ups to keep lines of communication open. As an MIT Sloan Management Review study notes, this approach helps maintain alignment and ensures all stakeholders are on board with ongoing projects and initiatives.

  • Shared Goals and Rewards: Establish shared goals that align the interests of different departments and stakeholders. Offer incentives that reward collaborative successes, reinforcing the value of teamwork and mutual support.



Carlos, a large multinational's Chief Information Officer, spearheaded a monthly meeting with other department heads to discuss shared concerns and collaborative opportunities. This initiative not only fostered a supportive network among leaders but also led to more efficient resource allocation and faster project approvals, greatly benefiting his department. Insights from these meetings were instrumental in shaping company-wide strategies that aligned with both short-term needs and long-term objectives.


Research Insight:

Research from Stanford University highlights that leaders actively seeking feedback and participation from various departments create a more inclusive atmosphere that nurtures strong internal alliances. Such practices enhance the leader's understanding of diverse perspectives within the company, leading to more informed and comprehensive decision-making.

Asian businessman receiving feedback from his asian female manager in a room with a brick wall and white bookshelves



Establishing solid internal alliances within the organisation is not just beneficial—it’s imperative for any leader aiming to implement change effectively. These relationships are foundational for navigating internal dynamics and propelling strategic initiatives forward. As we continue our leadership series, our next post will delve into extending your influence through external partnerships, broadening the scope of your strategic impact.


Call to Action

This week, challenge yourself to start building alliances within your organisation. Identify potential allies, understand their goals, and explore how you can support each other’s objectives. Please share your experiences, successes, or challenges in forming these alliances in the comments or join our lively discussion on social media. Let’s build networks that drive individual success and propel organisational achievements.

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