It is true that it is lonely at the top for leaders. It is especially true if you are a first time leader. According to a leadership poll by Harris Interactive, more than 70% of first time CEO’s feel lonely and 61% of them report that it hinders their performance.
The most interesting part is that the most successful leaders are more effective at creating a supportive community. As you develop as a leader, look for ways to get support from those within and outside of your organization.
“Leaders should take a moment each day to process and accept how complex, and even scary, their responsibilities can be. The more accepting a leader is of this reality, the easier it will be to seek and accept support in dealing with it.” –Thomas J. Saporito
Inc. | Here’s Why Your Are So Lonely (and Frustrated) at Work
HBR | It’s Time to Acknowledge Leadership Loneliness
Forbes | It Really Is Lonely At The Top
TED | Sherry Turkle: Connected, But Alone
Leading, along the road with you!
P.S. As a leader it’s essential to understand how to truly engage your employees and make sure that you’ve formulated the correct strategy for your team’s unique situation. Register to reserve your space for our next CareerClass webinar “What it means to ‘really’ engage your employees” on May 29 from 12 – 1 pm eastern time.
P.P.S. We’ll see you at this year’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference from May 30 to June 2 in Quebec City. Stop by our booth 719 to enter to win an Executive Coaching Program valued at $2000. Connect with Jason Parks, VP of Government Programs before the conference firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-256-2569 ext 600.