Sep 8, 2014
SHOW NOTES: Our MANAGEMENT MAGICIANS™ series is dedicated to those exceptional few who step forward to serve as guides, sages and responsible parties for others in pursuit of the greater good for society and their organization! These are managers who redefine their job titles to ensure their own personal contentment as they motivate, monitor and mentor their team members each day. The “magic” that a talented manager is able to create changes their lives, the lives of their team members and ripples throughout the larger society. We salute their sacrifices and share their techniques and “secrets” to achieving sustained positive experiences for themselves, clients, customers, peers, team members, and the public at large! In this episode, our topic is, “I love being a leader! Yet, I am lonely. Is it really lonely at the top?”
I usually advise that we avoid using absolutes, but in this case, they are appropriate. It is lonely at the top. It is not your imagination. You are not the cause of the loneliness. It is a result of the structural nature of serving as a manager (and/or leader). Those that are in charge have the trust of their team members. To maintain that trust you must maintain your managerial behavior.
“It seems that the higher up the corporate ladder one travels, the more lonely the journey. […] If left unchecked, this loneliness and sense of isolation can severely limit executive careers and in the worst cases it can be a precursor to depression and self- harm. Anecdotally it is widely recognised that careers can be curtailed as chief executives burn out, suffer psychological exhaustion, turn to alcohol or, in the worst cases, have a complete emotional breakdown.” […] “The most important thing is [...]
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