CEO: Is It Lonely At The Top?

By Lolly Daskall (Lead From Within)

When people think of CEOs, the general perception is that they have it made.

But what happens when the reality is different then the perception?images

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.


One thought on “CEO: Is It Lonely At The Top?”

  1. There is always the possibility this feeling of loneliness is related to our choice to travel alone on our journey. If a person prepares for a trip with only provisions to accommodate one he/she should not be surprised when arriving at the destination no one gets out of the car. As a second thought, a leader does not become an effective leader because they are able to look down on everything and everyone else, they are effective because they have learned to surround their vision by visionaries. It is wise to know that a leader who feels loneliness has failed to appreciate the difference between a boss and a leader, a tyrant and a diplomat, and a guide and a shepherd.

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