You’ve heard it said, “It’s lonely at the top.” Even if your organization has a high performing management team and staff, there is a place where the buck stops, the major decisions must be made, and that place happens to be in your seat.
The issues associated with leadership isolation have been written on many, many times. Of all the issues the one that seems the least mentioned is CEO Disease. This is however a chronic condition that requires continuous treatment.
But, what is CEO Disease? This is the condition that all leaders suffer from. The condition happens when the people that report to the leader deliver information that they think the leader wants to hear. If left untreated the leader will fail!
A common saying in the business world is: “it is lonely at the top.” Stop and think about it. Who helps you see the blind spots? Who gives you honest feedback? Who is willing to disagree with you? Who will ask you the right questions to help you process a decision or a problem? I have been where you are. I know how lonely it can be.
When you were born, you probably occupied a baby basinet, then a larger crib, then you might have even got your own room! Possibly your first home was a one-bedroom condo, then a two-bedroom place, then kids came, and you might have moved into a four-bedroom place. Some of you ran out of room and moved into a 4,000 square foot house and then, years later, after the kids moved out, you downsized to a small bedroom condo again.