Boundary spanning is a largely academic term for developing relationships in order to accomplish business objectives. It also refers to the capability to create direction, alignment and commitment across boundaries, fields or sectors to achieve a higher vision or goal.
Any boundary spanning leadership development effort must incorporate concepts, methods and tools to help build strong relationships, both internal and external. Establishing a consistent method of communicating with employees or promoting social responsibility are just a few examples of ways to execute boundary spanning functions. An effective strategy should include every possible audience, such as media, customers, prospective customers, employees and even competitors.