When people think of CEOs, the general perception is that they have it made.
The concerns of those who have made it to the top are easy to dismiss. But many CEOs are plagued by feelings of isolation once they take on the top job.
Half report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their role, and 61 percent of those who experience loneliness believe it hinders their performance.
Those just moving into the top ranks are particularly susceptible—nearly 70 percent of first-time CEOs who experience loneliness report that the feelings negatively affect their performance.
These feelings are not limited to CEOs. Isolation and loneliness can occur in anyone with new found authority. Leaders owe it to themselves — and to their organizations — to make sure this isolation does not interfere with their effectiveness.
Those who feel isolated can come across as aloof and distant, leading to a reputation as a leader who is uninterested and cold—which, in turn, makes it harder to lead.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to counter any feelings of isolation and loneliness that result from your level of responsibility.