Lonely bosses waiting to fail

There have been lots of stories on lonely chief execs in the media recently, sparked by a survey in the Harvard Business Review. Anyone who has been in business as an entrepreneur, manager, boss, adviser or observer already know about this, but the HBR story underlines the extent of the problem, and attaches statistics.

There are cries throughout the media of ‘something must be done!’ but the solutions offered are mainly to rely on other people for the answer. Other people in the form of mentors, counsellors, peer groups and buddies all help, of course, but unless the lonely individual can fill the aching void in his or her psyche, the problem will continue.

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