There is a commonly accepted phrase in leadership and business.
It is lonely at the top
There is a certainty in the business world that leaders have to go it alone. A leader can’t put their faith and trust in others, and can’t speak openly to their colleagues. Furthermore, their colleagues can’t possibly understand the leader’s experiences and thus the leader needs to maintain a level of detachment. Is this belief really a truism of leadership? How does this viewpoint affect our own leadership?
Leaders are responsible for the welfare of their employees and the overall functioning and effectiveness of the organization. On a daily basis leaders are charged with making challenging decisions, often with limited information, that have significant impact on their people and the success or failure of their organization. The pressures of being a leader are often immense. Going it alone can have significant impact on your personal wellbeing and stress levels. Additionally, a lack of other perspectives can put your decision-making abilities, your professional relationships, and communication at a considerable disadvantage.
Leaders, and aspiring leaders, need support not only for their personal wellbeing but also their professional capabilities. Leadership does not need to be, and should not be, a lonely place. So how can you determine if you have the support you need? Challenge yourself by asking these four questions:
Leadership does not need to be, and should not be, a lonely place. Seek out support, and build a loyal and understanding network. You will be better for it, your work will be better for it, and your leadership will be better for it.