When it comes to leadership, one of the things we underestimate is the value of friendship. If that first lines causes you to cringe with thoughts of, “Here comes the soft stuff,” perhaps you are the very one who needs to read this. Why? Because chances are you are lonely.
Yesterday while having a discussion with one of my daughters I reminded her that a person can be lonely without being alone. Some of the most isolated people I know are surrounded by people. The problem is, it’s either the wrong people, or they have chosen to detach themselves from the right ones. You know, the whole, “It’s lonely at the top,” deal … often a mask for arrogance.
The opposite is also true. You can be alone and not be lonely. Great leaders find camaraderie with their principles, their faith, and occasionally a trusted friend who is like-minded.
Loneliness is a choice — So is friendship.
As you begin a new week, may I encourage you to pay attention to your team, your family, your friends.
I have a friend who continually reminds me, “Your friends determine the quality and direction of your life.” He is right. We should choose our friends carefully.
This week, maybe we ought to go into it trying to improve the quality and direction of our friends’ lives. It is what great leaders do … the ones who are not lonely at the top. The ones who realize, you don’t make it to the top by yourself.
Leadership Begins at Home,
Do you think it has to be lonely
at the top?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.