“Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.” Joseph Roux
Being a CEO can be lonely. Nobody tells you this before your first stint at running a company, but having coached a lot of CEOs, I’ve had a front row seat to the ‘lonely at the top’ factor.
Sure, you have your board and your executive team to discuss things with. But both groups have limitations when it comes to sharing your experience and aren’t always the best sounding board for the unique challenges of running an organisation.
There’s no getting around the fact that as a CEO, there’s only one of you!
If you’re feeling lonely at the top, ironically, you’re not alone. A survey by RHR International found that over half of CEOs report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their roles. Of this group, 61% believe isolation hinders their performance.
So, what can you do to reduce the chances of feeling lonely or isolated as a chief executive?
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