Here's a secret: The leads you've been searching for might just be in your connection's network.
So, how do you find them without viewing your connection's profile?
How to search through your connection's network
Previously, you could see your 1st-degree connections' network only when you visited their profile, and if they didn’t “hide” their connections.
On the right sidebar, you can now filter people by ‘Connections of.’ Simply type the name of your 1st-degree connection, and it will appear in the search box.
Before asking for referrals, you can do your homework first and check who's in your connection's network.